Legal Assistant Rainy has a renewed empathy for our clients with knee injuries. She recently had surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

August 20, 2010

Tobler Law has the opportunity to get compensation for people with a wide variety of injuries…among these are many people with knee injuries. I gained some empathy for these clients after undergoing knee surgery a couple of weeks ago. My knee problems were the result of a sports injury that occurred while I was in high school several years ago. What started out as a broken tibia, led to a torn ACL and, most recently, a torn meniscus. After four surgeries, my knee is as good as new. However, I ignored the pain in my knee for several years before it was finally resolved.

Healthy knees are very important! Bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments, and tendons all work together to make your knees work properly and any missing piece can lead to big problems. A knee injury can manifest itself in a number of ways. Acute knee injuries can cause pain and swelling with difficulty bending the knee and weight-bearing. If the swelling occurs immediately, it may suggest a ligament tear or fracture. If the swelling arises over a period of many hours, meniscal or cartilage injuries may be the cause.

Longer-term symptoms that point to knee problems will include pain and swelling in addition to other complaints. Inflammation in the joint may be caused by even minor activity. Swelling may be intermittent, brought on by activity, and may gradually resolve as the inflammation decreases.

Giving way, a feeling of instability of the knee, or popping or grinding in the knee is associated with cartilage or meniscus tears. “Locking” is the term used when the knee joint refuses to completely straighten, and this is almost always due to torn cartilage. In this situation, the torn piece of cartilage folds upon itself and doesn’t allow the knee to extend.

If you experience symptoms of knee injuries or knee pain, don’t hesitate to see a doctor…and be sure to limit your activities until you can get treatment or a diagnosis! Delaying treatment can lead to even more problems in the future. If your knee injury occurred at the fault of another party, contact the Tobler Law team and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Legal Assistant Rainy