You were in your car when you were struck by a large semi. After the impact, you were pleased to feel fine. At first, you didn’t notice the pain you should have felt in your leg. It was moments later when you tried to stand that you realized that something was very wrong.
As a result of the impact, you seriously injured your knee, tearing ligaments and impacting bone. You were immediately rushed into surgery because of the severity of the injuries you suffered, but now, you have a long recovery time in front of you.
Knee injuries are notoriously difficult to recover from. It’s hard to bear weight, which means that you may struggle to walk or use your leg well for many months. Here are a few things to keep in mind about your injury.
1. Consider using a knee brace
Under the guidance of a medical provider, you may benefit from using a knee brace. The knee joint may be weak, even after going through surgery and physical therapy. As a result, you’ll need to provide it with additional support for some time, potentially for the rest of your life, depending on the injury’s severity. As your knee begins to heal, having a brace prevents accidental falls and unusual movements that could cause further injury to the tendons, muscles and ligaments.
2. Get enough rest
Yes, you need to move your legs and use your knee, but you’re also going to need a lot of rest. Not resting appropriately can lead to swelling that makes the knee injury much more painful and difficult to live with. Consider using anti-inflammatory medications initially alongside hot and cold therapy.
3. Prepare for therapy
For any kind of knee injury, it’s common to see people go through physical therapy. A therapist may need to help you bend and put pressure on your knee in a controlled manner so that you can work up to bending it like you used to. It’s normal for therapy to be painful and tiring, so many people do not work while going through it.
After a serious knee injury caused by a crash, you may be eligible for compensation that will cover the medical procedures you need, plus lost compensation, pain and suffering and other losses. A lawyer can help you understand your legal options.