Accidents and Serious Knee Injuries
Every year, millions of Canadians suffer from traumatic and non-traumatic conditions and ailments. While millions of Canadians suffer from knee osteoarthritis which affects everyday movement including walking, climbing stairs, hiking, driving, kneeling, stooping or crouching – many Canadian also suffer from acute or traumatic related knee injuries such as fractures to the patella or tibial plateau, or ligament injuries to the ACL, MCL or LCL as well as meniscal tears and damage to cartilage. The knee is a major load bearing joint that supports your body and moves like a door hinge, allowing you to bend and straighten your leg so that you can sit, squat, jump and run.
The Most Common Knee Injuries from an Car, Truck, Motorcycle or Slip and Fall Accident:
Tibia Plateau Fracture: The tibial plateau fracture is the most common knee fracture that we see in our practice is the tibial plateau fracture. Soft tissues (skin, muscle, nerves, blood vessels, and ligaments) may be injured at the time of the fracture. These common types of acute traumatic fractures can be treated surgically or conservatively.
Ligament sprains and tears. The knee has four ligaments that may get damaged: the ACL, PCL, LCL and MCL. Doctors use a grading system to measure the degree of tear. A grade 1 is a slight stretching, a grade 2 is a partial tear and a grade 3 is a complete tear.
Ruptured patellar tendon injuries. A ruptured patella tendon is a major injury. The patellar tendon is what attaches the shinbone to the kneecap. When it ruptures, you will not be able to straighten your leg.
Dislocated knee. This is a painful injury and recovery will depend on the severity. If damage to the kneecap did not occur, this injury may heal within a few weeks with rest or even a brace or cast. Physical therapy may be recommended to help regain range of motion and strengthen the leg. In the case of damage to the kneecap, surgery may be necessary.
Fractures. There are three varying degrees of knee fractures:
- A stable fracture is the least serious. Pieces of the bone remain in contact with each other but there is a visible break or crack.
- A displaced fracture is when some of the bone has been displaced.
- A comminuted fracture is very serious with the bone shattering into at least three pieces.
Damage to Cartilage: The cartilage is the tissue that cushions the bones of the knee joint, helping ligaments slide easily over the bones and protecting the bones from impact.
How Serious is a Tibial Plateau Fracture?
Believe it or not, but the knee is the largest weight-bearing joint in your body. Three bones meet to form your knee joint: the femur (thighbone), tibia (shinbone), and patella (kneecap). The tibial plateau is the upper surface of the tibia or shinbone. Tibial plateau fractures are considered complex injuries by orthopedic surgeons, produced by high- or low-energy trauma. The complicated fracture or bone break that normally happens on the top surface of the shinbone in the knee joint. Victims of tibial plateau fractures may complain of the stiffness of the knee and be unable to weight bear on the injured leg. 50% of tibial plateau fractures are normally associated with other serious injuries, such as meniscal injury, medial collateral ligament injury, anterior cruciate injury or compartment syndrome.
What are some major causes of Tibial plateau fractures and other knee injuries to bone, cartilage and ligaments?
Causes of Knee Injuries Commonly Seen By our Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers are:
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Car Accidents – often referred to as Dashboard Knee
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Cycling Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
What are some Common Knee Injury Symptoms after a Slip and Fall or Car Accident?
- Bruising or redness
- A popping or ripping sensation or sound
- Locking or grinding
- Variance in temperature, for example it is hot or cold to the touch
- Instability or weakness
- Pain when active
- Pain at rest
- Lack of normal range of motion
A Knee Injury Can Be Devastating to Many Areas of Your Life:
You don’t realize how important your knees are to your day-to-day living until you experience an injury. A knee injury can have a significant negative impact on your life. If you have suffered an acute knee injury, you may be suffering significant pain, pain that increases when you are active, swelling, stiffness in the knee, especially in the morning or when you have been sitting, a decrease in mobility because of your know, Having problems form seating to standing positions and vice-versa, problems with use the stairs, creaking or crackly sound that is heard when the knee moves (crepitus) or problems walking – all of which might interfere with
Your Job – Your knee injury might prevent you from returning to work, or doing crucial aspects of your job such as bending, lifting, standing or sitting. If your occupation requires physical labour, you may never be able to return to your same job duties.
Your Daily Activities – A knee injury can keep you from doing many of your regular personal care, housekeeping and caregiving duties. Or, you may not be able to do things as efficiently or without making modifications or asking for assistance. These tasks include thing such as dressing yourself, bathing, cleaning, driving, and caring for your children. The ability to live a normal life is something uninjured often take for granted.
Your Recreational/Physical Hobbies – Your quality of life is often higher when you have physical activities and hobbies to keep you active. When you are suffering from a knee injury you may not be engage in the activities that bring you great joy such as exercising, hiking, cycling, swimming, playing sports, walking the dog etc.
Depending on the severity of the fracture, treatment and recovery could include a cast, being non-weight-bearing for the recovery period, and even surgery. Once the fracture has healed or been repaired you may still experience pain and arthritis.
If you have suffered a serious knee injury, our Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers can help.
Lalande & Company Lawyers provide experienced representation to those injured in vehicle, pedestrian and slip & fall accidents. Our Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers have access to the right people and resources to help you recover fair compensation for your knee injury.
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