Some of the most severe knee injuries resulting from sporting accidents, slips, trips and falls and even car accidents consist of ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries. These, as well as other ligament and similar severe knee injuries can be caused by:
- Twisting or over-extending the knee
- Getting hit on or around the knee
- Landing on a bent (flexed) knee after jumping
- Suddenly stopping when running
- Shifting weight suddenly from one leg (knee) to the other
How to care for severe knee injuries depends on their extent.
Caring for mild to moderately severe knee injuries
Given time and sessions of intensive physiotherapy, mild to moderately severe knee injuries may eventually heal on their own. Sufferers of knee injuries following sport-related accidents or a slip, trip or fall can speed recovery by:
- Resting the knee
- Avoiding putting excess weight on the knee
- Icing the knee for 20 to 30 minutes at three to four-hour intervals for a couple of days to reduce swelling and pain
- Compressing the knee with an elastic strap, sleeve or bandage to control swelling
- Elevating the knee while lying down or sitting
- Stabilising the knee and protecting it against further injury by wearing a knee brace
- Practising strengthening and stretching exercises as recommended
Use of crutches and occasionally taking anti-inflammatory pain killers like ibuprofen or aspirin may also prove helpful.
Caring for severe injuries
More severe injuries to the knee, like, for instance, collateral ligament tears may require surgery and completely torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments can only be treated by reconstruction, as repairs are not possible in such extreme cases.
Recovery times and expenses
Depending on the type and severity of a knee injury, recovery may take six months or more before normal sporting activities can be resumed. In addition, depending on the injured individual’s occupation, returning to work may also not be an option before the knee is adequately healed. Loss of earnings could subsequently add to the injured person’s trauma, as can the cost of prescription medication, physiotherapy and transport to and from treatment facilities.
Claiming for injury compensation
If you sustained a knee injury in a sport-related accident, a trip, slip or fall or a motoring accident that was not your fault, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Have a confidential, no-obligation chat with our Accident Advice Helpline advisors on free phone 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile now to learn more about claiming knee injury compensation.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown