You can suffer all manner of knee injuries, but a knee injury to the meniscus is one of the more common ones you might have. There are two menisci in each knee, and each one is shaped like a C. You have the lateral meniscus and the medial meniscus. While a tear in one of these menisci will repair itself, it is likely to cause you pain and discomfort until it is fully healed. Both menisci are made of cartilage.
Any kind of pressure put on the knee joint could potentially result in a tear to a meniscus. Therefore, an awkward trip, slip or fall could potentially lead to this injury occurring. It might also happen if you are in an accident and your knee suffers an impact that twists and tears one of the menisci.
Pain and swelling
These are the two main symptoms of a meniscus tear. However, they can also indicate a wide range of other injuries, so it is always best to seek medical advice to determine exactly what you have done. You’ll probably also have trouble moving your knee and you might feel it won’t properly support you.
The first thing to do when you’ve been diagnosed is to apply the usual RICE technique. This stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. This will help alleviate pain and reduce swelling. If you experience a lot of pain, don’t be tempted to try and walk unaided. It might take up to three months to recover using these methods. If you are still struggling, further treatment might be required.
Can you claim compensation for a knee injury to the meniscus?
This might be possible if you can prove a third party’s negligence led you to have the accident to begin with. Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in finding the facts, so call 0800 689 0500 free or try ringing 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
We also offer a free online test that takes a mere 30 seconds to complete. Once done, you’ll have a much better idea of whether you could claim for a knee injury to the meniscus. Don’t leave it too late to claim – you have three years from the time your accident occurred to try claiming with our help. We are here to provide no-obligation advice to get the process started.
Date Published: January 24, 2017
Author: Rob Steen