Nonoperatively treated isolated posterior cruciate ligament injuries:

To evaluate the theory that isolated posterior cruciate ligament injuries do well when treated nonoperatively, we reviewed 40 patients who com pleted a modified Noyes knee questionnaire and were reevaluated by physical examination, radiographs, and isokinetic testing

K. Donald Shelbourne; Paul M. Keller; John R. McCarroll; Arthur C. Rettig

2016

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  • To evaluate the theory that isolated posterior cruciate ligament injuries do well when treated nonoperatively, we reviewed 40 patients who com pleted a modified Noyes knee questionnaire and were reevaluated by physical examination, radiographs, and isokinetic testing
  • 65% of the patients revealed that their activity level after injury was limited and 49% stated that the involved knee had not recovered fully despite rehabili tation
  • Ninety percent complained of knee pain with activity and 43% complained of problems with walking
  • Our study suggests that patients with isolated posterior cruciate ligament injuries treated non operatively may maintain excellent muscle strength, but significant symptoms and degenerative changes in crease with increasing interval from injury

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