Chronic Knee Pain: A Common Problem In The Workplace
While our knees can withstand a lot, over time due to age and injury the cartilage begins to wear down and problems can begin. Many knee problems like arthritis and cartilage can bring on a lot of pain and swelling making it difficult to work or do any normal activities. Chronic knee pain can be difficult to manage and may end up requiring surgery. More importantly knee pain can put you out of work.
Even if you do not work in a strenuous job, you can still develop chronic pain over time. Workers that must stand or walk on hard, concrete floors can eventually feel the effects in their knee especially as they get older and their knee cartilage starts to degenerate.
Falls: A Common Workplace Injury On Construction Sites
Falls are among the most common types of accidents on construction sites, but can occur in other workplaces as well. In fact, an estimated 1.3 million visits to US emergency rooms each year are attributed to falls.
A simple fall can cause serious knee damage and acute knee trauma. There are several specific injuries that can occur to the knee during and after a fall. The following are some examples of the damage that can be done to your knees during a fall:
This kind of injury causes pain in the knee when bending it after taking a fall. This type of injury results when the cartilage that covers the patella (the kneecap) suffers damage after falling directly on the knee. Once the cartilage is torn, acute pain in the front of the knee will occur with movement. A grinding or clicking noise may also be present with the pain when you bend or straighten the knee. Swelling around the kneecap may also be present.
When you dislocate your patella during a fall, you knock it out of its normal position at the front of the knee. Dislocated kneecaps can occur during blunt force trauma as occurs with a fall or can be a hereditary condition which can be worsened as the result of a fall.
A fall can result in a the fracturing or breaking of the patella at the front of the knee. Most fractures of the patella will also include injuries and damage to the surrounding tendons and ligaments. Pain will be severe around the kneecap area especially during movement.