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What You Need to Know About ACL and PCL Injuries

The Anterior cruciate Ligament, also referred to as the ACL, is located in the front part of the knee. This is one of four ligaments in your knee, roping your bones together, and keeping your knee stable. The PCL is the Posterior cruciate Ligament, and it is another ligament that is located in the back part of the knee.

Sprains or tears to the ACL are some of the most common knee injuries. Usually people that play sports are more likely to get these types of injuries, although being in a car accident can also cause PCL injuries.

There are many symptoms associated with either of these types of injuries like:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Difficult walking or loss of full range motion

Although a doctor may diagnose you with a simple physical examination, sometimes X-rays or MRIs are needed for more detail of the injury. Treatment may range from surgical to non-surgical, but rehabilitation or physical therapy is crucial in restoring the knee.

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