Knee Injury Pain and Other Symptoms
Knee pain from an injury can be excruciating. For example, when of the
four major ligaments in the knee is torn, the pain is severe. Other symptoms
of a knee injury include:
- knee swelling
- can't put weight on leg without pain to knee
- can't straighten leg
- deformity to knee/leg
- can't move the knee without pain
- crackling noises
- discoloration such as redness
- unstable knee
- falling due to the knee giving out
Personal Injury Lawyer Pennsylvania
The knee is a multifaceted body part that, when it works properly, provides
us with the ability to walk, run, skip, and play sports. Knee injuries
that result from a trauma may cause mild to severe pain, inflammation
and often times, short or long term disability. Injuries can also happen
to the bones, the tendons, ligaments, or the cartilage or the tendons.
The tibia, femur, fibula, and knee cap make up the knee joint. There are
two main muscle groups that allow the knees to move the hamstrings and
quadriceps. Ligaments and Tendons keep the knee joint in place. Knee ligaments
can be and usually are injured in accidents. The knee joint has four ligaments;
the Posterior Cruciate Ligament, Medial Collateral Ligament, Lateral Collateral
Ligament, and the Anterior Cruciate Ligament.
The Posterior Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Anterior Cruciate Ligament
are the 2 ligaments that are usually injured in an accident. An Anterior
Cruciate Ligament sustains an injury when the knee becomes twisted abruptly.
A Posterior Cruciate Ligament injury usually occurs when the knee takes
a direct hit. With both types of injuries the ligament can tear. If the
injury to the knee is severe a brace and crutches may be needed and in
some cases surgery is necessary to repair the ligament.
The meniscus protects the bones in the knee. It is a type of cartilage
that acts like a sponge that prevents the bones from rubbing together.
When the knee takes a direct hit either by the dashboard in the car or
the floor in your friend's kitchen it is usually damaged. A damaged meniscus
can be very painful and will restrict the movement of your knee. Often
times, an Orthopedists (doctor who specializes in bones, joints, ligaments,
and tendons) will inject a medication that will lubricate the area to
help relieve the pain and sometimes with rest the meniscus will heal on its own.
A knee injury caused by an accident can lead to tendinitis or a torn tendon.
Tendinitis is an inflammation of one or more tendons located in the knee.
A torn tendon is often caused by a fall or an unexpected twist in the
knee. A split tendon will require surgery to repair the affected tendons.
Kneecap fractures generally occur when the knee takes a severe hit such
as during a car accident or a fall. A brace call is used if the fracture
is not too severe. If the fracture is severe then a cast will be used
to immobilize the kneecap while it heals. In the event that the bone is
pulled apart surgery will be necessary to fix the kneecap.
If a person sustains a knee injury in any type of accident they will require
physical therapy to help them regain the mobility and strength in the
knee. With some injuries the person may have to have a knee replacement
if the entire kneecap, ligaments and tendons are severely damage beyond
being repaired by surgery a knee replacement may be necessary.
The majority of knee injuries can be repaired although in some cases the
knee may never "work" the same again. Sometimes a knee injury
is permanent and the individual will have restrictions and pain for the
rest of their lives. Their ability to do everyday activities will be restricted
and this can cause emotional problems for the person as well. The recovery
prognosis for the majority of knee injuries is good and it is rare that
a knee cannot be fix enough to allow the person to regain some of the
mobility they had before the accident.
Philadelphia Knee Injury Lawyers
If you have sustained a knee injury, you need an experienced Philadelphia
knee injury lawyer from our firm to get you the maximum possible compensation
available under Pennsylvania law.
If you or a loved one has suffered a knee injury due to someone's negligence
- whether you've fallen on your knee on the slippery floor or you have
hit your knee in a car accident - we can help. Attorneys at the Lassen
Law Firm have extensive experience handling knee injury cases. Knee injury
lawyers at the Lassen Law Firm understand that knee injuries can change
the way you live your life. We are committed to helping you gain the optimum
financial recovery so you can focus on gaining a full physical recovery.
The Lassen Law Firm only deducts a low 29% contingency fee, not the standard
40-45% like other firms.