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Uncommon injuries: posterior cruciate ligament tears

Posterior cruciate ligament injuries are rare. Thus, many clinicians lack the experience and protocols to manage them. Trevor Langford reviews the anatomy, biomechanics, and mechanism of injury of the PCL and covers the rehabilitation plan for isolated PCL injuries.  Introduction The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is the strongest intraarticular ligament of the knee and a primary joint stabilizer(1). Three percent of knee injuries at outpatient departments and 38% of acute knee hemarthroses involve the PCL(1). Isolated PCL tears are rare, and in 95% of case

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