Knee Injuries: What You Should Know
Knee injuries can be serious and can cause future health problems if not treated properly. Knee injuries can often result from the negligence of others such as in a car accident or a slip and fall. Car accident victims can suffer from knee injuries due to a sudden external force on the knee. Slip and fall victims can fall onto their knee or twist it and sustain serious injury.
Common Knee Injuries
No knee injury is the same, and the effects of a knee injury can vary. Common knee injuries include:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury—involves a tear or sprain of one of the major ligaments in your knee. This type of injury can occur if you fall onto your knee. You may hear or feel a “pop” in your knee when you sustain an ACL injury. An ACL injury can result in severe pain, a loss of range of motion, and a feeling of instability with weight bearing. Treatment typically involves rest or surgery and then long-term physical therapy to build back the strength and stability of the knee.
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury—involves a tear or sprain to another ligament in your knee. This injury, also known as dashboard knee, frequently occurs when the driver or the passenger hits the dashboard in a car accident. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, and instability. In many cases, other structures of the knee are also damaged when you suffer a PCL injury. You can suffer long-term knee pain and instability as the result of a PCL injury and are at higher risk of developing arthritis.
- Torn Meniscus—one of the most common knee injuries, a torn meniscus occurs when your knee is forcefully twisted or rotated. You typically feel a popping sensation and then pain and swelling. A torn meniscus can result in serious pain and locking or instability of the knee. Surgery may be required to repair the injury.
- Patellar Fracture (Broken Kneecap)—this is a serious injury to the small bone that sits in the front of your knee. It can make it nearly impossible to straighten your knee or walk. Patellar fractures usually require the use of a cast until the bone heals. However, more complicated fractures require surgery to stabilize the kneecap. Patellar fractures can be caused by falling directly on the knee or receiving a sharp blow to the knee which might occur during a head-on collision.
The consequences of a knee injury can vary depending on the circumstances of the injury and your physical condition. Some injuries heal with time, while others can trigger life-long issues.
If you’ve sustained a knee injury due to someone’s negligence, it’s important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side to pursue the compensation to which you are entitled. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping injured Floridians for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation.