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4 Common Knee Problems That Can Occur After a Car Accident

When you get into a car accident, it’s not uncommon to walk away with some injuries. That being said, most people will associate back or neck injuries with car accidents —  it’s not as common to associate knee injuries with a car accident. Luckily, at Auto Accident Doctors in Maryland, we work with people who have suffered a variety of injuries in a car accident, including knee injuries.

Learn more about our personal injury attorneys by exploring our website, and continue reading below for more information about common knee problems that can occur after a car accident.

An image of a person with a knee brace
An image of a person with a knee brace

Knee Fracture

Knee fractures, as with other types of broken bones, can vary in degree. This means that the kneecap can break on the top, center, bottom, or even in more than one area. Typically, a knee fracture occurs from a direct blow to the knee, which isn’t uncommon when you’re in a car accident. Some of the symptoms of a knee fracture include swelling, inability to walk or straight leg, bruising, and more.

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Cartilage Tears

In addition to the kneecap, your knee is also filled with cartilage, which can tear upon impact in a car accident. Torn cartilage in the knee can result in other injuries, such as a torn meniscus. Additionally, an individual can suffer from torn cartilage in the knee if their knee is compressed in the car after the driver slams on the brakes. Unfortunately, torn cartilage often requires surgery in order to restore function.

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The impact of the collision can also sometimes cause the individual’s patella in their knee to dislocate. In some cases, the patella, or kneecap, becomes only partially dislocated and will then slide back into place. However, in more severe circumstances, the patella will not return on its own and you may feel severe pain, stiffness, and swelling.

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Torn ACL

A torn ACL is when the anterior cruciate ligament tears away from the knee joint. This type of injury can be potentially debilitating, and it may result in physical therapy for up to six months in order for the individual to regain function. Depending on the severity of the tear, the ligament may need surgery, in which case it may take up to nine months to heal.

If you or someone you know was recently in a car accident and hurt their knee, we can help. At Auto Accident Doctors in Maryland, we have both personal injury attorneys and chiropractors who can help you through every step of the process. Explore our website to learn how we can help and give us a call!