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Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

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Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Definition

Definition

The posterior cruciate ligament, or PCL, is a piece of connective tissue located within the knee near the back. The PCL connects the thighbone to the shinbone, and keeps the shinbone from moving too far backward.

When a strong force (such as during a sports activity or other high-stress activity) is applied to the PCL, the ligament can become strained or torn.

While an injury to the PCL requires extensive treatment and rehabilitation, the injury is treatable and rarely causes long-term serious complications. Complete recovery usually takes six months.

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