Your knees supports your body weight. When you injure your knees, this can have serious long-term effects as a result. You have crucial ligaments that run alongside your knee and behind. Knee injuries are one of the most common injuries among footballers, but it’s not just sportsmen that suffer from knee ligament and joint injuries. Anyone who has slipped on a wet floor in a shopping mall, at work, fallen down the stairs or even just bent the wrong way will know how weak knees are and how painful a knee injury can be.
Common types of knee ligament damage
- Anterior cruciate ligament injuries. While this is not an injury which is limited to sport, anterior cruciate ligaments are most commonly damaged during sports where direction is changed very often. Football, rugby and basketball players often suffer this injury. Similarly, however, if you slip on a wet floor it’s likely you could suffer an injury like this. Depending on the severity of your injury you may be put in a cast or need surgery.
- Posterior cruciate ligament injuries. These injuries occur when the front of the knee is struck while it is bent. This is common for people who are in car accidents or in knee-to-knee contact in football where two footballers collide in 50/50 challenges. These ligament tears tend to be partial and can mend on their own.
- Collateral ligament injuries. Injuries to the collateral ligaments are typically caused by a blow that forces the knee sideways. These are caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee and due to the high contact nature of sport. Footballers and rugby players often suffer these injuries.
- Meniscal tears. When a meniscus tears suddenly it’s usually in sport but it can also occur because of ageing or arthritis or a bad fall due to a wet surface.
Have you suffered a bad knee injury and are due compensation?
Knee injuries can be terribly painful and can often recur. With different types of knee ligament damage you will often require physiotherapy. This is required to help restore natural use of the joint. Physiotherapy can be both expensive and time consuming. Call us at Accident Advice Helpline on our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You can take a 30-second online test. We have over 16 years of experience as personal injury claims specialists and we operate on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice