PCL injury in a football player treated with a ‘PCL Jack Brace’

The PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) is the largest ligament in the knee and is injured less frequently than the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The classic mechanism for a PCL injury is a large force going through the front of the shin bone (tibia) in a bent knee. This is sometimes called a ‘dashboard’ injury when a car rapidly decelerates and the bent knee hits the dashboard and snaps the PCL. When a sportsperson suffers a PCL injury they need urgent specialist management to decide if they need an operation or whether they can have non-operative treatment such as a ‘Jack Brace’. Early definitive diagnosis and treatment will ensure the best outcome. The PCL Jack Brace is specially designed and engineered to provide appropriate support to a PCL that will allow it to heal to avoid an operation.

The following case report highlights how some knee injuries on the sports field can be catastrophic for a knee even with an innocuous mechanism of injury. This link has a case report of a football player referred to Dr Power and Mr Guy who was successfully treated and with accelerated rehab went back to playing quickly. The injury occurs on the video approximately one minute into the football game. The second link is to other athletes who have been treated by my collegue Mr Williams of the Fortius Clinic using the ‘Jack Brace’.

Video and story of footballer:


Links to other professionals treated with a ‘Jack Brace’:


Knee Discussion Club

The Knee Discussion Club is an invite only event for knee surgeons in the UK hosted by Mr Anand (Manchester) and Mr Lavelle (Fortius) taking place over 2 days in the UK. Many opinion leaders from the UK were present. This was a great opportunity to update and share current knowledge about biological knee treatments. The event was organised by Innovate Orthopaedics and Joint Operations.

Yorkshire Sports Knee Meeting

Mr Guy organised and chaired another fantastic meeting of Knee specialists from the Yorkshire region. We are grateful to Joint Operations for their kind sponsorship of the event. We had a large turn out of specialist knee surgeons with a broad skill set. Pure sports knee surgeons, surgeons with major trauma and limb reconstruction experience, paediatric knee surgeons, senior academic physiotherapists and senior knee fellows.

The venue was an amazing private dining room that was housed in Iberica, Leeds. (Highly recommend the food and the gorgeous venue). We presented some high-quality, complex / unusual / rare / knee cases that were all discussed for the benefit of patient care. Mr Guy had managed to capture earlier in the day video footage of the exceptionally rare ‘snapping biceps femoris’ syndrome and with the patients permission was shown and discussed. Also Mr Guy presented some complex biological knee reconstruction of failed knee ligament surgery requiring re-aligning the knee with an osteotomy and at the same time using donated allograft tissue (dead donated American’s!) to revise and rebuild new ligaments and also a custom sculpted bone graft made from a donated femoral head. The patient was back at work in a physical job at 6 weeks!

We look forwards to the next knee meeting in October 2018.

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