Knee injuries can be extremely painful and difficult to cope with. On top of the physical pain that these types of injuries may present, they can also make it impossible for an injury victim to return to work for extended periods of time and can impede even basic mobility. In cases of serious injury, they may require costly medical treatment, including surgery, as well as lengthy rehabilitation periods.
Fortunately, not all knee injuries require treatment as serious as this. In fact, there are a variety of different treatment options that individuals who have been the victim of a knee injury may benefit from to help reduce pain and return full functionality to the affected knee(s). In all cases, however, the appropriateness of any potential knee injury treatment course should be evaluated by a physician in order to prevent against injury recurrence or further tissue damage.
The following is a brief explanation of some of the most common treatment options for knee injuries:
Home Care: In some cases, knee injuries may be minor enough to require nothing more than at-home care. In this circumstance, the recommended treatment course may include preventing future knee injuries (possibly by placing a protective device over the knee to provide stability), resting to allow recovery to occur, icing the knee for 20-30 minutes periodically throughout the day, applying compression to reduce swelling, and elevating the knee to help reduce swelling and alleviate fluid buildup. Pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medications may also be recommended to help ease symptoms.
Fluid Removal: Sometimes, knee injuries result in excess buildup of fluid in the knee. This may require the removal of fluid by a qualified medical professional. This is an out-patient procedure that doesn’t typically have serious consequences for patient mobility after a day or two, though it may be necessary to have the fluid removed several times before the problem is resolved.
Synvisc Injections: For patients with arthritis in their knees, synvisc injections can help to temporarily relieve pain and other symptoms. Synvisc injections, which are usually administered over a three-week period, provide patients with one of the natural elements present in knee joint fluid to help reduce pain and inflammation, though the benefits of synvisc injections typically do not last longer than a period of six months.
Patellar Relocation and Splinting: If the patella, more commonly known as the kneecap, becomes dislocated, it must be moved back into place by a doctor and splinted, often for periods in excess of three weeks, to restore full functionality to the knee. Additionally, the knee may be examined for signs of fracture.f
Arthroscopic Surgery: Some knee injuries may be so serious that they require surgery to remove damaged tissue or repair torn tissue. This type of surgery can help to fully resolve serious knee injuries and restore a patient’s mobility.
Knee Replacement Surgery: For the most serious knee injuries, replacement of the knee joint may be necessary. During knee replacement surgical procedures, damaged cartilage and bone are removed, and an artificial joint, typically made from metal alloys and plastics, is inserted in their place. Knee replacement surgery can help to significantly improve a patient’s quality of life.
At Hach & Rose, LLP, our dedicated legal professionals understand just how difficult recovering from a knee injury can be, particularly if significant medical intervention is necessary to alleviate the problem. Contact our personal injury attorneys today by calling us at (212) 779-0057 to speak with a qualified member of our legal staff and learn more about what we may be able to do to help you pursue the compensation you need for any injury-related expenses you have incurred.