Don’t Overlook Knee Injuries
The knee is the largest joint in the body, but it probably isn’t an area of the body that many people pay attention to. The knee provides flexibility, strength, and stability, and is important to walking, running, jumping, stretching, and other activities. While overlooked, the knee is critical to everyday movement — and when injured, can be painful, expensive, and immobilizing.
Parts of the Knee
Since it’s the largest joint, the knee has many parts. Three bones form the knee joint: the femur, tibia, and patella. These are better known as the thighbone, shinbone, and kneecap. The ends of the femur and tibia are covered with a slippery substance called articular cartilage. It helps the knee bones move smoothly as they bend or straighten. Another type of cartilage, meniscal cartilage, acts as a kind of shock absorber between the femur and tibia, stabilizing the joint. Finally, ligaments connect the bones, while tendons connect muscles to the bones. In the knee, the two main steps of ligaments are the collateral ligaments on the side of the knee, and the cruciate ligaments inside the knee joint.
Common Knee Injuries
Unfortunately, any one of these parts can get injured. Knee injuries can occur due to aging, but also from sports injuries, car accidents, falls, or other accidents. Some of the most common knee injuries include:
- Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL
- Injuries to the posterior cruciate ligament
- Meniscal tears
- Tendon tears
Oftentimes, knee injuries are apparent as soon as they happen, and are accompanied by a popping or cracking sound, along with sudden weakness or instability. Some injuries, particularly tears to the ACL, may require surgery to fix, while others can heal over time with rest and physical therapy.
Knee injuries can hinder mobility and independence, which is why they can be particularly devastating. The knee might not be the prettiest part of the body, but it is certainly an important aspect of everyday life.
The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.