There are several components that make up the knee. The femur, tibia, fibula, and the patella are the bones that come together at the knee. In addition, there are muscles, tendons, and ligaments the provide balance and allow movement of the knee joint. Inside the knee, there are two pieces of cartilage called menisci, or two meniscus, that sit on top of the tibia and act as shock-absorbers. There are fluid-filled sacs that surround the knee called bursas, they cushion the knee as it moves.
All of these parts have to function properly in order for the knee to work. Trauma or acute injury to the knee can cause serious damage that can affect a person for a lifetime.
Common knee injuries as the result of North Carolina Automobile Collisions include:
- Torn Meniscus – this injury is the result of trauma caused by forceful twisting or hyper-flexing of the knee joint. The symptoms generally include pain, swelling, popping and an inability for the knee to support a person weight. Treatment includes therapy to strengthen the muscles that stabilize the knee but when these measure are ineffective, surgery may be required.
- Knee Fracture – as with any type of broken bone, a knee fracture can have varying degrees. A kneecap fracture can happen at the top, center, or bottom and can happen in more than one area. They are generally caused by a direct blow. Symptoms include bruising, swelling, inability to walk or straighten the leg. Depending on the severity and location, surgery may or may not be required.
- Torn ACL – this injury occurs when the anterior cruciate ligament tears away from the knee joint. This can be extremely painful and potentially debilitating. Depending on the severity of the injury, therapy for rehabilitation can take 3 to 6 months. However, it can take 6 to 9 months to heal if surgery is required.
- MCL Tear – this is a sprain or tear to the medial collateral ligament. This ligament connects the thighbone to the lower leg. When injured, symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling. The pain can range from mild to sever, depending on the extent of the damage. This injury can often be treated without surgery, unless the ligament is torn in a way that it cannot heal.
Knee injuries that result from automobile collisions can be serious. If you need weeks or months to recover, you will have to deal with lost wages. You may not be able to do the same work as you once did, resulting in loss of earning capacity. Knee injuries can affect you in ways you would not have otherwise imagined.
Possible Outcomes of a Knee Injury
The consequences of a knee injury vary depending on the severity of the injury, your age, and current physical condition. Some injuries heal with time after an initial medical treatment. However, some injuries may trigger long-term consequences. A doctor is the best person to suggest to you the best treatment option for your case.
Doctors usually use a conservative treatment method called RICE for minor knee injuries. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, (gentle) Compression, and Elevation. If this treatment method fails, a doctor may recommend physical therapy for some weeks or months. If the injury is more serious, a doctor may suggest a surgical treatment option. Recovery time depends on the severity of the injury. For example, minor injuries may go away within a few days, while serious injuries may take weeks, months, or years to recover completely.
Representation for Knee Injuries
If you’ve suffered a knee injury in a North Carolina automobile collision due to another driver’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for the damages you’ve incurred. Maginnis Law’s lead personal injury attorney, T. Shawn Howard is experienced in handling complex cases including those involving victims who have suffered major knee injuries due to the negligence of another North Carolina driver.
All personal injury matters are handled on a contingency basis – meaning that you do not pay any attorneys’ fee unless and until we make a recovery on your behalf. You can contact us at 919.526.0450. Email inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org utilizing our contact page.