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Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Symptoms & Diagnosis


Symptoms include:

  • Swelling in the knee, usually within three hours of an injury
  • Soreness in the area behind the knee
  • Weakness or instability in the knee (feeling like the knee is "giving way")
  • Pain in the knee
  • Difficulty walking on the knee
  • Pain when moving the knee


Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Tests may include the following:

  • MRI scan of the knee joint—a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the knee joint
  • X-ray of the knee joint—a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body. In this case, x-rays are used to show damage to any bones around the PCL.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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