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Virginia Car Accident Lawyer – The Knee Joint and Possible Injuries

December 1, 2012 by The Parrish Law Firm

A motor-vehicle accident in Fairfax, VA or other areas of northern Virginia can alter lives as quick as the changing of a traffic light. Parrish Law Firm, PLLC exists to ease Virginia residents’ transition from pre-accident to post-accident life.

Today, we are here to talk about a possible consequence of a car accident, a knee injury, which can alter one’s mobility for the rest of his or her life.

General Information on the Knee

According to WebMD, the knee joint is the largest joint in the body and thus instrumental in lower body movement. The lower leg bones (fibula and tibia) are connected to the upper leg bone (femur) by tendons, muscles and ligaments. Two disks called menisci separate the upper and lower bones. The articular cartilage that covers the surface of the bones inside the knee works as a shock absorber and allows the knee joint smooth and gliding movement.

Types of Knee Injuries

The injury most likely to occur in a motor-vehicle accident is an acute (sudden) knee injury due to a direct blow or extreme twisting, bending or falling on the knee joint. An acute injury can result in the following:

  • Strains or Sprains to the tendons or ligaments in the knee that work to support the kneecap.
  • Tearing of the meniscus (the rubbery cushion of the knee).
  • Ligament tears to the medial collateral ligament (MCL), the most frequently injured knee ligament.
  • Fractures to the kneecap, femur, tibia, or fibula. Common in car accidents where abnormal force is applied to the knee.
  • Kneecap dislocation, mostly commonly associated with teenage girls. Pieces of the bone (free bodies) may restrict joint movement.
  • Knee joint dislocation is uncommon and comes about as a result of intense force. Immediate medical treatment is required.

Treatments for Knee Injuries

Treatments for knee injuries will vary on a case-by-case basis depending on one’s health, age, and activity level, as well as the injury’s severity, location and category. In general, treatment options include physical therapy, first aid, bracing, rest, medicine, and in severe cases surgery.

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The veteran car accident attorney at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC based in northern Virginia, works closely with those residents who have suffered from a motor-vehicle collision and are looking to gain financial compensation for their suffering. If you have been negatively affected by another driver’s negligence, call us today at 703-906-4229 or fill out a no-obligation case consultation form.

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