The knee is a load bearing joint which bears 100% of a persons weight, 50% of the time. It is used almost constantly in physical labor jobs such as those in construction and manufacturing. Slip and falls, repetitive improper motions, unnatural turning or stopping can all result in significant knee injuries that may make it impossible to return to a pre-injury job. The knee is used so frequently, it might be difficult to recover from a knee injury; as the knee never has enough time to heal. This means that if you hold a position which requires you to walk long distances, you may be left unable to earn the same living as before the knee injury that was no fault of your own!
One of the most common workplace knee injuries is to the knee meniscus. The meniscus is a thin cartilage between the surfaces of your knee joints. A damaged meniscus can cause debilitating pain and long-term instability, depending on the extent of the injury. After such an injury, the knee will try to heal by swelling which reduces movement and produces further pain in the region. Anti-inflammatory medications, attentive physical therapy and cortisone shots, are the first steps physicians would recommend as treatment; however, these treatments only address the symptoms, and not the root cause. Arthroscopic surgery is often the ends-meet solution doctors will recommend. Too often, arthroscopic surgery in ten -fifteen years leads to a partial or total knee replacement.
Muscle imbalance between the muscles on the inside and outside of your thighs, repeated stress to your knee joints or direct trauma to your kneecap, contribute to the development of Chondromalacia. Symptoms include achy pain in the front of the knee, pain going up or down the stairs, pain after sitting for long periods and a grinding feeling when moving the knee. To better understand the complication, X-rays, CT scans, and MRI’s are given to those with Chondromalacia symptoms. Doctors put patients on expensive pain relievers and physical therapy and may recommend arthroscopic surgery or even partial or total knee replacement.
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Too often workers who have hurt their knee on the job settle for less because they don’t have a competent legal representative on their side. Kalo and Verheul is a law firm that understands workers’ compensation and the legal intensity needed to be rewarded the full extent of benefits each injury deserves. Over 64 collective years of workers’ compensation representation has prepared our firm to represent any significant knee injury sustained on the job. Take charge of your future, contact Kalo & Verheul Florida based workers compensation attorneys today.