An injury in the cruciate, or knee area can be very painful and highly debilitating to the sufferer. We do not always appreciate the importance of having healthy and functioning knees and for some of us it is only when we no longer have full use of them that we appreciate just how vital they are to our day to day routine.
A cruciate injury can happen at almost any time, to any one, and often without warning. If you have not previously suffered from a knee injury, it may not be obvious at first how you should correctly conduct yourself to prevent it from becoming worse. The first stage in managing a suspected cruciate injury would be to seek medical advice. At first this may be your first aider if you are injured at work or a physio if you are participating in sport when the injury occurs. They will be able to advise you on how to best reduce the chances of causing any further damage to your knee and what it is that you should do next.
Under severe circumstances you should visit a hospital. This may take the form of a trip in an ambulance and emergency treatment by paramedics who will be able to stabilise your cruciate injury until you are seen by a member of the hospital staff. The hospital staff will be able to further assess the nature and severity of the injury. If you have been able to make your own way to see your doctor or to the nearest accident and emergency department then you should do everything you can to explain the circumstances surrounding the injury; how it occurred or if it feels like it has worsened.
If you are referred to a specialist for a series of continuous treatments then it is absolutely vital that you follow the recommended course of treatment. Attempting to deal with a cruciate injury can be very frustrating and you should bear in mind that for the period of time that you are in recovery you will not necessarily be able to do everything that you would like.
The key to correctly managing a cruciate injury is to be patient and to follow instructions; however frustrating this may seem to you. The less you aggravate the injury then the faster you will be able to return to full health.
It should also not be considered a sign of weakness to turn to those around you to ask for support when recovering from a cruciate injury. Although you may feel embarrassed to ask for their help, your priority should be your recovery and ensuring that it is as problem free as possible. If you are looking to get back on your feet after suffering from a cruciate injury, always ensure that you take all of the medical advice and guidance which you have been given. It is not aimed at making you suffer any more and is written solely to help you get better at a pace which is safe and manageable.
Date Published: September 26, 2013
Author: David Brown