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Discussion: Torn pcl muscle

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Jan. 11, 2009
Men's 60
46 posts
Torn pcl muscle
Has anyone out there had to deal wtih a partial tear in their pcl muscle? It took an MRI and a scope to discover what was wrong. For me it is painful at the back of my knee to make any quick moves. My orthopedic surgeon suggested resting it. Its been 6 months since the injury and 3 months that I have rested it. Not seeming to get any better. He said it is an uncommon pull and I would probably have to go to a specialist in Salt Lake City for repair.(the guy who did Tiger Woods knee). Any suggestions or info?
Jan. 11, 2009
Men's 65
4549 posts
I believe the PCL lays over and across the ACL. Sometimes rest and non use will "repair" the damage but usually surgery is required.
Consider this; take a wide rubber band and wrap it around a ball. then take a razor blade and cut part of the band. Not breaking it, (your tear) Notice how the band of off set or probably not as straight as it was. One reason surgery is usually needed to put it back together, then rest and recover.
Occasionally some can't be repaired. In that case just hope you don't mess up the other and only one left.
Jan. 11, 2009
Men's 65
1000 posts
Pete, I have injured my MCL and ACL from skiing here in Colorado and from playing ball. I found that one of the most helpful things I was able to do to assist the healing when I elected NOT to have surgery, was to hit the salt water. I journeyed to the warmer ocean waters and spent 2 weeks soaking it intentionally as much as I could. Believe me when I say it made a huge difference. In my case, after being carried off the mountain in a stretcher in March, I was playing serious ball in July but I did 2 weeks in Hawaii and 2 more in So. Carolina working it in the surf.

All the best with it. If you want the name of a great Orthopedist here in Colorado for knees and elbows, get in touch.
SI 55's
Jan. 11, 2009
38 posts

Try acai berry it cures everything or maybe acupunture or the soothing mud of Malaysia. Seriously, you should listen to a pro. Your doctor. The best advice I got from my doctor regarding a knee injury was, "If you can stand the pain and it doesn't keep you from doing what you want to do than don't have the surgery. It will not be the same knee after surgery." So I guess the converse is also true. If you can't do all you want to do than have the surgery. Good luck with your injury and rehab.
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