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Anatomy and function of the posterior cruciate ligament.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinics in Sports Medicine
0278-5919
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
13
Issue
3
Pages
509–518
Identifiers
PMID: 7954879
Source
Medline

Abstract

At the present time, our understanding of the PCL still lags behind that of the ACL. This knowledge gap has narrowed over the past few years, however, as more basic research has shed new light on the complex anatomy and functional mechanical behavior of the PCL and the nearby capsuloligamentous structures. Recent insights have included recognition that the PCL is composed of a fiber continuum rather than morphologically separate bands or bundles, a better appreciation of the predominantly nonisometric behavior of the intact PCL, and a greater awareness of the PCLs importance in preserving normal articular kinematics. Continued advances in the basic science of the PCL are a prerequisite for improvements in the treatment and rehabilitation of its injury.

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