Knees are crucial to mobility and the smooth function of the legs. Unfortunately, knee injuries are very common, particularly among those who have been involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents or slips, trips and falls.
The knee is a very complex joint in the body and there is a wide degree of variance in the types of knee injury sustained by personal injury claimants. For example, although damaged kneecaps are very common among front-seat car accident claimants, knee sprains and dislocations are common among the victims of slips, trips and falls.
Furthermore, those who work in labour intensive manual occupational fields such as construction and warehouse management may sustain overuse type injuries such as chondromalacia patella.
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Causes of knee injuries udar11685
Knee injuries can be caused by a wide variety of different types of accidents. They can often be caused when the knee is suddenly twisted or jolted, or when there is an impact or blow to the joint. This can happen due to a slip or trip in a public place or due to a road traffic accident.
Medical negligence can also cause knee injuries due to surgical errors, delayed treatment or any other negligence. Doctors and hospital staff have a duty to treat you properly, and if you’ve been injured due to their fault or negligent behaviour, then you could make a claim.
Types of knee injury udar11685
Knee injuries can affect the muscles, bones, ligaments, cartilage or tendons which make up the knee.
Even minor knee injuries can cause discomfort and difficulty walking, but in some cases injuries can be serious, causing permanent damage with life-changing consequences.
A fracture occurs when one or more of the bones in the knee are broken. Due to the impact a fracture can have on your life, this type of injury is often considered to be a serious injury.
The Patella, also known as the knee cap, can become dislocated or fractured, and in some cases this can cause long lasting or permanent problems. If the fracture is severe, it can break the knee cap into multiple pieces, and you may need surgery to repair this.
Your meniscus is cartilage which acts as a shock absorber in your knee joint. The meniscus can become damaged if your knee joint is bent and then twisted.
This type of injury may require you to rest and take time off work. In some cases, you may need surgery and rehabilitation to make a full recovery, and there may be some long-lasting consequences, such as osteoarthritis.
Knee ligament injuries
Torn ligaments in your knee can be caused by any excessive strain. This type of knee injury is likely to cause you to feel unstable when you walk, run or play sport.
A common type of ligament tear is an ACL injury, but you can also experience a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), lateral collateral ligament and medial collateral ligament (MCL).
Torn ligaments nearly always need long-term medical treatment and support, whether this is surgery to repair the tear, physiotherapy or specialised equipment such as a brace to help you walk, run or play sports.
Muscle damage in the legs can also affect your ability to move your knee. For example, your hamstrings or quadriceps can be stretched, strained or torn causing symptoms such as swelling, bruising, pain and weakness.
Torn muscles usually heal with exercise and time, but sometimes some treatment such as physiotherapy might be needed.