It refers to injuries where a front-to-back force is directed straight onto the upper tibia. Typically during a fall onto a flexed knee, or when the knee is hyperextended. Posterior cruciate ligament tear is most common amont contact sports such as american football and in cutting and pivoting sports such as basketball in which hyperextension of knees frequently occur.

 

Common Symptom

Patients usually complaints of local knee pain, some patients might have swelling and some may even complaint of instability. Patients diagnose with posterior cruciate ligament tear often complaint about “their knee just doesn’t feel right” and often affects their potential adversely when they engage in sports.

Treatment

Most posterior cruciate ligament tear injuries are treated non-surgical unless associated injuries cause either instability or increase biomechanical stress. However, experts’ recommend that patient undergo supervised physical therapy and focus on rehabilitation to strengthening the quadriceps muscles.