We never really think about our knees until they cause us problems. When your knees hurt, you don't think about anything else. That's the situation for many workers across the United States.
How often do knee injuries occur?
More than 100,000 workers suffer knee injuries on the job each year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, knee injuries rank third among all serious work injuries and account for five percent of all work-related injuries involving a trip to the emergency room.
Knee injuries are most commonly attributed to:
- Falls, including slipping and tripping
- Overexertion, which includes wear and tear due to repetitive motions, and strains while lifting objects, causing a rupture or serious sprain or torn tendons
- Injuries from sudden movements or twisting motions
- A blow to the knee, damaging the kneecap or other surrounding tissue
We're talking about fractures, tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), surgery, and possibly permanent damage that might require use of a knee brace, a walker or even a wheelchair.
Preventing and treating work-related knee injuries
In the event of a knee injury, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, but it's also important to take daily precautions at work.
- Always be aware of your work surroundings to improve your chances of avoiding slipping, tripping or falling over power cords or loose floor boards.
- Stretch your legs every few hours. Sitting or kneeling in the same position for hours can lead to knee inflammation. Regular stretching and switching positions can help keep your knees strong.
- Be active. Always do what you can to strengthen your thighs, which in turn will strengthen your knees.
Treatment for a knee injury may include applying ice, knee compression and support, anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and physical therapy. This means you will likely have to take time off from work to undergo costly medical procedures. This can be financially and emotionally overwhelming.
When you have been through the worst, an experienced workers' compensation attorney in Philadelphia is just around the corner to help. The Law Offices of Richard A. Jaffe, LLC have more than 30 years of experience helping injured workers receive the benefits they are entitled to. If you need help, contact us today for a free consultation.