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This ligament is located in the centre of the knee. It is the back (posterior) of the 2 cruciate ligaments of the knee. 

The PCL function is to stop the tibia (shin bone) moving too far back on the femur (thigh bone).  Injury can be by direct contact / indirect contact



  • History & Clinical examination
  • An X-ray is usually required to exclude any boney injury
  • MRI scan may be required to confirm the diagnosis
  • Diagnostic arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery is occasionally required usually in partial tears of the PCL



The available options demand on the injured individual and what their functional requirements are.

  1. Non-operative treatment includes physiotherapy and on occasions bracing

  2. Operative treatment involves arthroscopic (keyhole) / open reconstruction of the PCL


See PCL Reconstruction