Knee Injuries in Car Wrecks
Knee injuries are among the most painful and long-lasting injuries an individual can experience in a car wreck. Our knees are made up of a complicated and intertwined group of tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones. Even a minor knee injury can result in extreme pain and require therapy or even surgery.
Common Knee Injuries
Some of the most common injuries sustained in car wrecks include:
- Kneecap damage
- Ligament damage that can involve the tendons and muscles of the knee, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears
- Injuries to the meniscus, the cartilage behind the knee cap
- Fractures of the patella, tibia or fibula
Treatment and Recovery
Depending on the severity of your knee injury, it may take months or even years before you are back on your feet entirely. Even with extensive therapy, some patients never fully recover and may always have pain, stiffness or even a limp.