Posterior cruciate ligament injury may involve an intrasubstance tear (complete or incomplete) or an avulsion from the bone.

injury to cruciate ligaments
hyperextension injury


Mechanism of injury of the posterior cruciate

The ligament may be injured by the femur suddenly moving forward in relation to the tibia, or the tibia being forced suddenly back in relation to the femur.. Injury may also occur from a forced hyperflexion.

PCL injury

An interpretation of a published medical article on the posteromedial corner of the knee.



Pcl Tear.


Isolated posterior cruciate ligament tears: an update of management. Vaquero-Picado A and Rodríguez-Merchán EC. EFORT Open Rev. 2017 Apr; 2(4): 89–96.

Posterior Cruciate Ligament: Focus on Conflicting Issues. Lee YS and Jung YB. Clin Orthop Surg. 2013 Dec; 5(4): 256–262.

Epidemiology of surgically treated posterior cruciate ligament injuries in Scandinavia. Owesen C, Sandven-Thrane S, Lind M, Forssblad M, Granan L-P and ÅrøenA. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2017; 25(8): 2384–2391.

Posterior Cruciate Ligament: Current Concepts Review. Pache S, Aman ZS, Kennedy M, Nakama GY, Moatshe G, Ziegler C and LaPrade RF. Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2018 Jan; 6(1): 8–18.

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