What Is A Common Knee Injury Seen In A Car Accident?
Most of us think right away of the back and neck when it comes to common vehicle accident injuries. But, a crash injury that's not talked about a lot is a knee injury. The most common way knees get hurt in an auto accident is by hitting the dashboard during the crash. When a car accident makes your knee hit the dashboard, you know the answer to this question:
Can a car accident cause knee pain?
The answer is yes! Please read on to learn more.
What are the common types of knee injuries in a car crash?
Because most of us don't automatically think of the knees getting hurt in a traffic collision, sometimes an injured person won't recognize this injury until later. Delays of days or even weeks after an auto accident are not uncommon.
Think about how often and how we use our knees. One or more hurt knees can make it impossible to sit properly. This means you can't drive. You may be left unable to walk without being in pain. Depending on how you make a living, an injured knee might leave you unable to work and therefore unable to pay your bills.
What are the common ways knees get injured in a car accident?
Dashboard knee injuries
A “dashboard injury” happens when the bent knee of the driver or the passenger slams against the dashboard. This pushes the shinbone in, just below the knee, and tears the posterior cruciate ligament, PCL for short. The posterior cruciate ligament is behind the knee.
A dislocated knee is when the three bones of your knee are out of place and aren't aligned the way they should be. It's an emergency, it's very painful, and you may hear a popping sound when the knee dislocates.
An torn ACL is a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament, ACL for short. The ACL is one of the major ligaments in your knee. Some people hear or feel a popping sound when it tears. And, the knee may swell up right away. A torn ACL is very serious. It can require surgery to correct.
Forcefully twisting or rotating your knee can tear your meniscus. Two C-shaped pieces of cartilage are in each knee. These pieces cushion between your shinbone and your thighbone (menisci). A torn meniscus swells, is painful and is stiff.
What are some symptoms of a car accident knee injury?
After any accident, it is very important that you seek medical attention immediately. Even if you think you feel fine or aren't that injured, you need to be checked out head to toe by a doctor. You may have symptoms of a knee injury from a car accident that you may not pick up on right away, but a doctor's exam may reveal them.
- Can't put weight on your knee
- Can't extend your knee all the way
- Difficulty sleeping
- Knee gives out on you
- Knee locks
- Knee hurts
- Knee is swollen
- Trouble sitting, standing, moving or walking
If you were in an accident and your knee got hurt, please reach out to me at (408) 214-5555 or fill out the below form.
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None of the information on this website of Attorney Renée Yvonne Gardner is offered as medical advice.
If you have been injured in any type of accident, please seek immediate medical attention and follow the advice of your doctor.