How difficult is it to diagnose a knee injury?
As injuries go, it is usually relatively straightforward to diagnose a knee injury, compared to a back, neck or shoulder injury. But the sheer range of potential causes of a knee injury means that pinning down the cause can take a long time and several medical examinations.
So how might a doctor diagnose a knee injury?
A doctor will diagnose a knee injury by examining you and asking about the pain directly, as well as your lifestyle and history of injuries. There are many parts to your knee – your knee is a complex joint. You have bone and a kneecap as well as cartilage, soft tissue, muscles, tendons. So whilst a doctor can generally diagnose a knee injury quickly, understanding which part of your knee has suffered the injury can be complex.
What kinds of knee injury are there?
Knee injuries occur in a huge number of ways. Some of the most common include:
- sporting injuries, including strains, twists and collision injuries
- repetitive soft tissue injuries, caused by overuse of your knee, perhaps from a sport or repetitive activities such as dance.
- impact injuries, such as road traffic accidents or falls
- twists and strains, from accidents such as falls and trips
- injuries as a result of medical conditions, such as arthritis or osteoporosis
- cartilage problems, which occurs when the cartilage is failing to separate your bones, resulting in painful rubbing
- tendonitis, which describes problems with your tensions, particularly the large tendon that stretches across your kneecap
- bursitis, which is an injury to the joint above your kneecap and is generally a problem seen in people who kneel for a large part of the day, such as carpet layers or gardeners
Many of these injuries and problems can be treated very successfully. It is important that if you are experiencing significant knee pain, you ask for medical advice and allow a doctor to examine your knee.
Whether the doctor prescribes medication, refers you for surgery, offers you a knee brace or simply advises rest, your best chance of recovery is to get the medical advice you need.
What if you need to make a claim?
Remember that if your injury was caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, you are likely to be entitled to compensation for your injuries. If you have suffered injuries and need to claim compensation for your pain and financial loss, we can help you fight your case. We offer a comprehensive, no stress service designed to take the hassle out of your claim. This includes providing you with a specialist solicitor on a no-win, no-fee basis, offering you a 24 hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 and making sure you have professional advice from our friendly advisors. With all of this offered on a completely no-win, no-fee basis, what do you have to lose?
Date Published: 19th July 2013