How do you recover from a serious knee injury? What things should you do to speed up recovery so that you can get back on your feet again? Knee injuries are common and can result from car accidents, slips and falls, "caught in between" accidents at work, or even while lifting heavy objects. Recovery from a knee injury depends on overall health, age, and therapy regimen. When you suffer a knee injury, following your doctor's advice and adhering to your treatment regimen is the most effective strategy for recovering.
Most Common Knee Injuries
From 1979-1995, approximately 10% of all injuries suffered in car accidents were knee injuries. Studies conducted in 2007 examined 54,000 knee injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms following work-related accidents. Together, these studies indicate that younger workers, and individuals between the ages of 15-24 are most likely to suffer a knee injury.
Common injuries include sprains and strains, contusions, dislocation, and laceration. Theses injuries severely limit the individual's ability to walk and work. In fact, knee injuries account for approximately 9% of injuries that require at last one day away from work to recover from. For comparison, back injuries account for about 19%.
Recovering From a Knee Injury
Most knee injury doctors recommend rest, ice, and gentle stretching exercises for strains and sprains. This helps control swelling and allows the tendons and ligaments to heal.
More serious injuries such as fractures, dislocation, meniscal tears, tendon tears, etc. may require surgery. Of particular concern is torn ACL's which are notoriously difficult to recover from. For younger individuals who undergo surgical treatment, studies from 2015 showed that just over 22% will require a second surgery to treat the damaged ACL. Recovery from these surgeries ranges from 1-3 months depending on the individual's health, age, and adherence to their therapy regimen.
Most knee injuries require temporary immobilization of the knee to minimize risk of exacerbating the injury. During the recovery, it is imperative to avoid putting too much weight on the knee. Individuals can help minimize inflammation by using steroid creams and injections of cortisone.
Fractures and persistent swelling can require surgery. After which, the individual will likely need physical therapy to help improve the strength of muscles and the movement of the joint. This process involves gradually increasing the distance the individual can walk and the weight they can place on the knee and can take 1-3 months to complete. During this period, most physicians will require the individual to utilize a walker, crutches, or at a minimum, a strong knee brace to prevent further damage to the knee.
Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. We represent clients with knee injury claims in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. We give emergency legal consultations on weekends, holidays and at night. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.