Knee Injury Treatments Huntington WV
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New Treatments for PCL Tears Available
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| When people think of knee injuries, many people think of torn ACLs, anterior cruciate ligaments; and for good reason: nearly 200,000 ACL surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. Most people however are not aware that knee pain and damage can also be from an injured or torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). PCL surgeries are estimated to be approximately 20 times less common, than ACL surgeries and often go undiagnosed. |
While major advances have been made in the understanding of posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) anatomy and reconstruction, a literature review published in the July 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) finds that there must be continued advances in basic science research in order to determine the best course of treatment for those with PCL injuries.
"An ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear is an injury of instability; a PCL tear is an injury of disability," said study author Matthew Matava, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, in Chesterfield, Missouri. "With a PCL injury, your knee won't buckle on you tomorrow, but in a few months or years it may become painful and not as strong or stable as it was prior to the injury. PCL tears are less frequently discussed because they are often left undiagnosed and the patient does not seek treatment for what they assumed was a mild injury."
PCL injuries are assessed by grades:
Two newer PCL reconstruction surgical options, along with one traditional method, are currently used to treat Grade 3 injuries:
According to Dr. Matava, basic science data suggests that it is favorable to use a two-bundle graft over a one-bundle graft, and that an inlay reconstruction is preferable to a graft passing through a tibial tunnel. Inlay reconstruction is different, he says, because the graft does not get stretched around the tibial tunnel and is prevented from stretching out and/or fraying.
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