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Posted on 04-25-2017
Leg and knee injuries are among the most common type of injuries experienced by those who are involved in a car accident. These injuries, which can range from contusions to multiple fractures, are typically impact or crush injuries caused by smashing into a part of the car. Knees are also susceptible to meniscus tearing, or tearing of the cartilage, resulting from being abruptly twisted or turned in the accident.
In order to address these injuries, it is important to seek medical treatment immediately after the accident. The earlier a fracture is set or a tear is repaired, the better the chances for a full recovery. Depending upon the extent of the meniscus tear, it may be possible to heal without undergoing surgery. Some nonsurgical treatment options for a meniscus tear include:
If surgery is required, the procedure may involve simply sewing the tissue back together. On the other hand, surgery may require removal of the torn section or removal of the entire meniscus. This option is typically avoided when possible, however, as it increases the risk of later developing osteoarthritis in the knee.
To determine which treatment option is right for you, it is important to consult with a doctor who has experience with the treatment of leg and knee injuries. At Advanced Spine & Rehab, we specialize in helping individuals recover from car accident injuries. Not only will we work with you to determine a holistic treatment program to address your injuries, but we will also work closely with your insurance company to help ensure your treatment is covered to the fullest extent possible.
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