Along with contact sports like football and hockey, car accidents are one of the leading causes of knee injuries. A knee injury which results from a car crash is often an “acute” knee injury, which means the pain and trauma is immediate, not gradual, and requires immediate attention, which could mean physical therapy or emergency surgery, or both.
The most common knee injury resulting from a car crash is a fracture of the patella, but the severity of a fracture can vary. Granted, most serious, or traumatic, knee fractures are hard to miss as they can be painful and/or inhibit one’s ability to walk. Generally, you will know if your knee has been fractured. Still, some injury victims downplay their injury, ignoring their fracture in hopes that it will heal itself rather than seeking necessary treatment.
Here are some symptoms which can indicate that your knee has been fractured and requires medical attention:
· Pain while walking
· Pain while straightening the knee
· Pain while placing weight on the knee
You should never ignore a knee injury, especially one resulting from a car or motorcycle accident. Treat any knee injury as an emergency, even it turns out to be a minor injury. Visit a hospital, where a doctor will often have your knee x-rayed. If the doctor sees any shattered fragments, he or she will have to remove the fragments. Aside from that, the doctor will have to assess your injury and decide whether to set the knee in a cast or splint, or to perform surgery.
Though knee surgery can be frightening, it is important to know that most patients, with the help of regular physical therapy, make a full recovery following their surgery.
Knee fractures and other knee injuries which result from car accidents or motorcycle accidents can be painful and debilitating. For more information on knee injuries and treatments, please see the other articles on this website, including “Knee Injury Treatment Benefits from Technical Advancements.”
Stuart A. Carpey, who has been practicing as an attorney since 1987, focuses his practice on complex civil litigation which includes representing injured individuals in a vast array of personal injury cases.