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The posterior cruciate ligament, also known as the PCL, is located in the knee. It is a large ligament that connects the femur to the tibia. Though similar to the ACL, the PCL is much larger and at the back of the knee rather than the front. Though it is relatively uncommon, this ligament can tear and cause mild to severe damage to the knee. If you have experienced a PCL injury, you probably have a lot of questions, especially about treatment and recovery.

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1. Causes

The most common cause of an injury to the PCL is a strong impact while the knee is in a bent position. Motor vehicle accidents where the knee slams into the dashboard as a common cause of a PCL tear. It can also happen during a variety of sports activities, particularly football and soccer. Falling on the knee can also lead to an injury to this ligament. PCL injuries can happen to anyone who experiences a hard enough hit to this part of the knee.

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