PCL Knee Braces

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PCL Knee Brace

PCL Knee Braces for the Posterior Cruciate Ligament

The PCL (also known as the posterior cruciate ligament) is one of the four main ligaments in the knee. Where is your PCL located; the PCL is located in the back of the knee connecting the femur to the shin bone. While PCL tears make up less than 20% of injuries to the knee ligament, many athletes or car crash victims will find themselves with a torn PCL.  Unfortunately, tearing of the PCL can also damage some of the other ligaments or cartilage in the knee. In some cases, the ligament can also break loose a piece of underlying bone. A PCL brace can be worn as a preventative measure to help reduce the possibility of the PCL being injured. If you do happen to injure your knee, a PCL knee brace can help stabilize and strengthen your knee through the recovery stages.

Knee Braces for PCL Injury Treatment

In most cases, people who experience PCL problems will not fully tear the ligament. The majority of injuries associated with the PCL are simple strains, sprains and less serious injuries. A PCL injury brace is often times the only treatment needed when a minor strain or sprain occurs. Some common symptoms associated with a PCL Injury are:

  • Pain. When the PCL is injured, the pain level is often classified as mild to moderate. As opposed to ACL injuries where pain is in most cases severe, PCL injuries are known to not cause excessive pain unless severe ligament damage takes place.
  • Swelling. As is the case with most ligament injuries, if a PCL injury occurs rapid swelling will also occur.
  • Instability. Patients who injure their PCL will often describe their knee as feeling “loose”. Another common symptom of a PCL sprain would be the knee giving out. These examples of knee instability are a good sign that a posterior cruciate ligament injury may have occurred. 

Check out our wide variety of knee braces for ligament strains and sprains. BraceAbility offers the best knee braces for PCL injuries. For more information on this topic visit our PCL Injury library article.

Posterior cruciate ligament injury treatment will vary depending on the severity of the injury. If the injured PCL is damaged drastically (most likely torn), surgery may be the best option. To ensure full recovery after a torn PCL, the patient should wear a PCL Post-Op brace and use crutches. Wearing a brace helps stabilize and immobilize the knee giving the repaired PCL a chance to heal. BraceAbility offers a wide variety of Post-Op Knee Braces, available for all shapes, sizes and genders.

One of the best braces available for torn PCL recovery is the Ossur Flex OTS Knee Ligament Support Brace. This brace offers supreme versatility in both shape and function. The heat-moldable, carbon frame accommodates to changes in leg shape during recovery, and the Accutrac range-of-motion hinges provide flexion and extension control.

Even if edema occurs in the knee during rehabilitation, the heat-moldable frame will adapt to those changes by shaping to the leg to provide maximum stability. Gel Fit condylar pads improve suspension and make this brace comfortable even when the knee is still tender following surgery.

Ossur also offers a sport model of this brace, specifically designed for lean, athletic legs.

PCL Tear Treatment-Knee Braces for Torn PCL Recovery

If the PCL is only partially torn or severely sprained, a functional knee brace is the perfect option. A functional PCL knee brace allows the patient to continue to move freely and avoid surgery altogether. PCL repair from surgery can be a long, painful and expensive process; fortunately, BraceAbility offers a wide variety of functional knee braces to treat a torn PCL.

In some cases, multiple injuries in the knee may happen at the same time. If one was to dislocate their knee and tear multiple ligaments in the knee, including the PCL, surgery is almost always necessary. This is often times the best method for treatment of a torn PCL especially for athletes who wish to continue playing after the procedure. 

The surgery to rebuild a torn PCL is done arthroscopically by a surgeon who makes small multiple incisions on either side of the knee. Arthroscopic surgery is beneficial to the patient because it is less invasive than normal surgery which leads to less time in the hospital, quicker recovery and less pain. 

Regardless of whether or not surgery is done, once swelling in the knee goes down rehabilitation should be started. A physical therapy program is often started 1 to 4 weeks after a procedure. The length of one’s recovery is dependent on the severity of the injury. Complete recovery will often times take 8-12 months before full motion and strength are back.

One of the highest recommended braces for PCL recovery is the Corflex Functional Knee Brace for Ligament Tears. This is considered one of the best Post-Op braces on the market because of the lightweight, strong aerospace-grade aluminum frame. This brace provides excellent low-profile support well suited for a torn PCL (or other ligament injuries) and as a PCL sports brace for support as one gets back to athletic activity. This knee brace for a PCL tear is also a great option even if surgery is not performed. Being a functional knee brace, it works perfectly to keep the knee join moving and strong if only a minor tear is present.

For more information, visit our PCL Tear library article. Also, be sure to check out our full line of Ligament tear knee braces.

PCL Braces for Football Knee Injuries & Post-Surgery

American football is one of the most dangerous sports to participate in on the face of the earth. Due to the high impact nature of the game and the constant cuts that players are forced to perform, injuries happen. Ligament injuries in the knee are incredibly common in today’s game. The posterior cruciate ligament keeps the tibia (shin bone) from moving backwards too far. When the PCL is torn or injured, it is because a powerful force pushes the tibia backwards forcing the PCL to push past its breaking point. For example, if a running-back accelerates forward through the line of scrimmage and is met immediately by a surging linebacker who puts his helmet straight into the running-backs knee, a PCL injury is very likely. 

Directly after the injury takes place, it is important to get diagnosed properly by a medical physician. If the physician determines that the PCL has been torn completely, surgery is likely necessary. However, if the injury is determined to be a sprain or strain, it is possible for the athlete to begin playing again with a functional knee brace.

If PCL ligament surgery is determined necessary, it is important to remember that a full recovery is still possible. Arthroscopic knee surgery has many benefits and patients are recovering quicker than ever. Once a medical professional has cleared the patient to participate in sports again, a PCL brace will likely still need to be worn for some time to ensure no further damage to the knee. 

When looking for a brace to help get you back in the game, consider the Corflex Fuctional Post-Op Ligament Knee Brace. This model stands out from the rest due to its active thigh cuff that adjusts to changes in the muscles its range of motion. Another great aspect of this brace is its low-profile, lightweight fit which is perfect for football. For more options, check out BraceAbility’s full line of Post-Op knee braces.

Another great option to consider when shopping for PCL braces is the Ossur Trainer OTS Ligament Knee Brace. Two of the best features on this brace are its carbon steel range-of-motion hinge and injection-molded carbon shells. These make this brace extremely durable even in medium contact sports. As well as durable, this brace provides excellent comfort with its padded shell.

BraceAbilty offers a wide variety of football knee braces. With football being such a high contact, injury prone sport; it is important that you are protecting yourself. BraceAbility has got you covered with football braces for every shape and size, from linemen to quarterbacks, we’ve got it all.