Work or Job Related injuries to a person’s knees are some of the most common injuries in workers compensation. If your knee is severely damaged due to an injury (and you may even develop arthritis due to that), it may be hard for you to perform simple activities such as walking or climbing stairs. Sometimes, you could even feel pain while you are sitting or lying down.
Most injuries require use of conservative treatment to begin with such as medications, changing activity level, physical or occupational therapy and even using support such as walkers or canes or braces. Depending on the extent of your injury, then certain arthroscopic surgical procedures may be called for. (Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Part I and Arthroscopic Knee Surgery Part II)
However if these steps do not help you, then often your doctor may recommed a Total Knee Replacement Surgery where the doctor actually replaces/resurfaces part of your damaged and worn knee to help relieve pain and resume normal activities: See American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Information on Total Knee Replacement.
“One of the most important orthopaedic surgical advances of the twentieth century, knee replacement was first performed in 1968. Improvements in surgical materials and techniques since then have greatly increased its effectiveness. Approximately 300,000 knee replacements are performed each year in the United States.” AAOS
This type of procedure is often approved by Workers Compensation Insurance Companies and the Workers Compensation Board and should be considered if your symptoms persist and your doctor recommends the procedure. Recent Case.