March 2020

Non-Operative Treatment Works Best for PCL Tears

Isolated posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injuries are rare, with about 1 PCL tear for every 20 anterior cruciate ligament tears. Lack of knowledge of the natural history of isolated PCL tears has led to controversy about the most effective treatment, and a tendency to over-treat with PCL reconstruction, especially if posterior laxity exceeds 10 mm.

ROM Holds Key to Post-ACL Surgery Quadriceps Strength

After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, weak quadriceps are common. “There are many different theories about why patients can’t get their strength back after ACL reconstruction. I wanted to look at the effect of knee range of motion (ROM) on return to quadriceps strength,” says Sarah Eaton, PT, DPT, ATC, LAT, a physical therapist/athletic trainer at Shelbourne Knee Center.