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Posterior cruciate ligament ruptures

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The posterior cruciate ligament is a large ligament in the knee. It is not as commonly injured as other ligaments in the knee such as the anterior cruciate ligament or medial collateral ligament. Significant force is required to damage the posterior cruciate ligament. This ligament acts to stop the tibia or shinbone from sagging to drawing backward in relation to the femur or thighbone, when the knee is flexed or bent to a right angle.

This ligament can be injured in sporting activities, but also in situations such as road traffic accidents where the knee strikes the dashboard.

Injury of this ligament can be associated with breaks or fractures of the femur or thighbone.

This ligament can be injured in isolation, but can also be injured in conjunction with other ligaments around the knee. The ligament can be partially torn.

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