Any type of knee injury, regardless of the cause or extent, can cause both pain and discomfort.
As a worker in a fast paced industry, such as construction, you know that you could suffer a variety of injuries when you least expect it. A knee injury is serious, as this can make it difficult for you to do your job and get around outside of work.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of a knee injury:
- Inability to put weight on the knee without pain
- Weakness and instability
- Difficulty straightening the knee
- Crunching or popping sounds when moving the knee
- Warm to the touch
There are many types of knee injury, ranging from an ACL tear to a dislocated knee. While these are among the more serious injuries, many others, such as a sprain, can come into play.
If you have any reason to believe that you are suffering from a knee injury, don't hesitate to seek immediate medical attention. This is extremely important if you suffered your injury on the job.
Once you receive a diagnosis and have a treatment plan in place, find out if you are able to return to work in the near future.
If you are unable to return to your job at the discretion of your medical team, you should consider filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits. By receiving benefits until you can return to your job, you'll find it easier to stay on the right financial track during this difficult time. This is better than the alternative of receiving nothing as you recover.
Source: Mayo Clinic, "Symptoms and causes," accessed Oct. 09, 2017