A fully functioning knee can be far too easily taken for granted. We use our knees to walk, run, jump, sit, and do so much to carry us through our everyday lives. Unfortunately, some find out just how much they rely on their knees after sustaining a knee injury in an accident. A knee that sustains trauma in an accident can cause a substantial amount of pain and discomfort as well as restricting the mobility of the leg as a whole. If you have sustained a knee injury or any other injury in an accident, it can be critical to receive immediate medical attention to get your injuries properly evaluated and begin the treatment process. Furthermore, getting consistent medical care as recommended by your doctors can also be essential to properly heal from your injuries. Here, we will discuss some of the possible treatments you may receive for your knee injury.
Knee Injured in an Accident? Possible Medical Treatments in Your Future
There are several different components to the complex hinge joint that is the knee. The knee is comprised of three main bones which are the tibia, patella, and femur. These are also known as the thighbone, shinbone, and kneecap, respectively. The knee also includes a complex network of ropelike structures known as ligaments. There are four ligaments in the knee joint that provide stability to the bones in the knee. There is also the cushion-like, protective layer of cartilage in the knee that surrounds the bones. Lastly, there are tendons in the knee joint that provide support to the knee joint as they connect the muscles within and surrounding the joint.
Injury to any one of the structures that comprise the knee joint can be debilitating and extremely painful. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Icing and resting of the knee will also likely be ordered. Either prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may also be recommended to help address the pain and also to help relieve any inflammation in the injured and surrounding areas.
An injury victim with a hurt knee may also need to, at one point, make use of crutches or a wheelchair. This will allow for the knee to rest and be stabilized as the healing process takes place. Physical therapy may also be recommended to rebuild strength and mobility to the area. Physical therapy may take an extended period of time depending on the nature of the injury and treatment plan.
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If you have injured your knee in an accident, get immediate medical treatment and follow your doctor’s recommendations for a follow-up care plan. Knee injuries can have serious and lasting consequences and proper treatment can be essential to your physical recovery. It can also be essential to your personal injury claim. Medical evidence of your treatment will be foundational in asserting your right to recover monetary compensation for the harm you have suffered in an accident. For dedicated legal counsel you can count, get in touch with Hunt Law. Contact us today.