If we told you to name a knee injury, you may immediately think of a twisted knee, or possibly a broken kneecap. Chances are, you wouldn’t immediately think of a knee injury from hyperextension. This can happen if you twist your knee beyond the normal range of motion you would expect from it. It’s not only a painful injury, but one that can potentially result in more serious injuries inside the knee.
Hyperextending the knee can mean suffering one of three injuries, depending on how you twist it and how badly it is twisted. For example, an ACL or PCL injury can happen. ACL refers to the anterior cruciate ligament, while PCL refers to the posterior cruciate ligament. Both these injuries can be bad enough to warrant surgery to fix the problem. Another type of injury that can occur when this happens is a cartilage injury, which again can range from a minor problem to a major one.
How might you incur a knee injury from hyperextension?
Any extensive amount of stress incurred to a knee can result in this injury happening. You might trip, slip or fall in such a way as to hyperextend your knee and suffer one of the above injuries, for example. A fall from height, landing awkwardly on one leg and falling to the ground, might also lead to this happening.
In another situation, an impact with someone or something else could lead to such an injury. If you know you have twisted your knee and you cannot bear weight on it, and it swells and is very painful, you should seek medical advice to determine what you have done.
What about a claim for a financial award relating to your knee injury?
In some cases, there may be ample proof of negligence that points to a third party being responsible for a knee injury from hyperextension. It’s not always easy to know this for certain, though, which is why we would recommend you call 0800 689 0500 today to reach the team working at Accident Advice Helpline. You might also ring 0333 500 0993 on a mobile.
If compensation is a possibility, one of our personal injury lawyers can recommend a no-win, no-fee claim to seek an award. To learn more, you can take the test on our website that requires only 30 seconds to complete. Try it now.