Two of the most common causes of knee injuries are vehicle crashes/collisions and falls. When knees twist or bend involuntarily due to an external force, it places undue stress on ligaments, cartilage, or joints and can result in a variety of painful injuries. The most common types of knee injuries include:
- Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
- Medical Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries
- Torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
- Sprains or Strains
These are somewhat rare and usually accompany injuries to other structures of the knee when they do occur. PCL injuries can include strains and sprains due to hyperextension or twisting. PCL injuries often result in swelling, instability, difficulty walking, and pain.
MCL injuries involve either a sprain or tear that is usually caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee.
Symptoms of an MLC injury include:
- Popping sound at the time of injury
- Tenderness along the inside of the knee
- Feeling that the knee may give out when pressure is applied
MCL injuries generally do not require surgery, but treatment may involve wearing a brace to restrict movement of the knee. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may need physical therapy.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the four major ligaments in the knee. The ACL helps stabilize the knee and ensures the shin bone moves normally.
The ACL is the most commonly injured ligament in the knee. Common ACL tears are caused by:
- Changing direction too quickly
- Suddenly decreasing speed from running
- Landing incorrectly from jumping
- Taking a blow from an object or a collision
When the ACL tears, it unravels. Symptoms of the injury include hearing a “pop” sound, pain, swelling in the knee, an inability to put weight on the knee, and feeling like the knee is unstable.
Knee Sprains and Strains
Knee injuries are commonly the result of ligament strains, muscle sprains, or damaged cartilage. Sprains, which is the stretching or tearing of a ligament, can vary in severity. Strains are more often caused by overuse.
Knee injuries may occur from car crashes, in which the knee is jammed into the dash of the car, in frontal collisions, or from sports injuries, usually involving a twisting motion of the knee, while cutting or changing direction suddenly.
If you or a loved one have experienced a knee injury because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.