How often do you think about your knees? Before your Tennessee slip and fall accident, you may have wondered why anyone would even think to ask that question. Now that you’ve injured your knee, you truly appreciate how much of a role knees play in your daily life.
Regardless of the type of knee injury you sustained, you are now dealing with the pain and restrictions of your injury. In this article, we discuss some common knee injuries, their treatment, and how long it takes to get back to normal.
- Broken knee – The length of hospital stay for a broken knee can range from a few days to more than a month, depending on the severity of the knee injury. Simple knee fractures require immobilization and rest and will heal in about six weeks. However, if there are crushed bones or open wounds, surgery may be necessary. A complex knee fracture may require six months in a cast followed by several months of physical therapy in order to restore range of motion to the knee.
- ACL injury – A tear in the anterior cruciate ligament can be very painful. Simple tears can be treated with immobilization, ice and rest, but most ACL injuries require surgery. It can take six months to a year after surgery to be able to resume normal activity.
- Torn meniscus – Treatment for a torn meniscus generally includes rest, ice, physical therapy, and medication to reduce pain and swelling. If there is a lot of damage to the cartilage of the meniscus, surgery may be necessary. A full recovery can take several months.
- Bursitis – Bursitis in the knee is treated with medication, therapy, and steroid injections. It may take several months for bursitis to heal. Surgery is only used when the knee doesn’t respond to other treatment options.
- Tendinitis – Mild tendinitis can be treated by strengthening the knee through physical therapy. If the pain continues, steroid injections may be used to reduce swelling. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Surgery is followed with physical therapy. Recovery takes about three months.
Putting your life on hold for several months while you recover from a knee injury from a slip and fall is difficult. You may be wondering how you are going to pay for your medical treatment when you won’t be able to work for several months. We urge you to contact a Memphis personal injury lawyer. You may be eligible to file a Tennessee slip and fall injury claim for your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other injury-related expenses. To learn more, contact Bailey & Greer at 901-680-9777.
Since graduating magna cum laude in 2005 from the University of Memphis School of Law, Thomas has helped make a difference in the lives of victims of serious personal injury, wrongful death, and professional negligence. Thomas has extensive trial experience in both state and federal court. Among other victories in the courtroom, Thomas obtained several impressive jury verdicts and settlements
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