With a PCL injury, you may have:
- Knee swelling that starts right after the injury
- Knee stiffness due to swelling
- Difficulty walking
You also may notice that your knee feels unstable or seems to "give way" when you move it. Sometimes you can have a PCL injury with only mild pain, but over time, the pain gets worse.
After examining your knee, your doctor may send you to have an MRI. An MRI is a device that can take pictures of the tissues inside your knee. The pictures will show whether these tissues have been stretched or torn. You also may have an X-ray to see if there is any damage to the bones in your knee.
If you have a PCL injury, you may need:
- Crutches to walk until the swelling and pain get better
- A brace to support and stabilize your knee
- Physical therapy to help improve joint motion and leg strength
- Surgery to rebuild the PCL and possibly other tissues in the knee
If you have a severe injury, such as a knee dislocation, you will need knee surgery to repair the joint. For milder injuries, you may not need surgery. Some people can live and function normally with a torn PCL. However, if you are younger, having a torn PCL may lead to arthritis symptoms as you age. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment for you.