Usually, when you have been involved in an accident, your injuries will be obvious to you and others. But as strange as it may seem this is not always the case. Joint injuries are sometimes trickier to detect. Yet these injuries can still turn out to be serious. Your joints are highly susceptible to developing long-term conditions after they have been injured.
Even when they are not that serious, joint injuries can still have a negative impact on your life. They tend to restrict your movements quite a bit, which will make it hard for you to carry out most day-to-day tasks. So, you need to know how to spot this kind of injury and what to do if you suspect you have been hurt in this way.
The Basics of Joint Injuries
A joint is any part of the human body where two bones connect. Surprisingly, there are more than 250 joints in an adult body. Each hand has 27 joints in it and each foot has 27.
Certain joints are more important than others. In particular, the large ones that affect your ability to walk, work and play. This list includes the:
However, many of the smaller joints are just as important because they enable you to carry out finer movements and tasks. That list includes your:
Types of Joint Injuries
Your joints are designed to be extremely strong. They are a tough network of tendons and ligaments supported by muscles and sinew. Nonetheless, when put under extreme pressure they can be injured in several ways, including:
- Sprains – this kind of injury occurs when the ligaments, which are made from fibrous tissues are overstretched, to the point where they tear. Ligaments are what hold two bones together.
- Strains – these are similar to sprains, but in this case, it is the tendons or muscles that have been overstretched or torn. Tendons are fibrous cords that attach the muscles to the bone.
- Dislocations – when a joint is subjected to extreme forces they can be jolted out of their proper position. Both minor and major joints can be dislocated. The shoulders and fingers are most prone to this type of injury. When dislocations occur, the bones are no longer properly connected. For example, when the elbow joint is dislocated the humerus is no longer connected normally to the radius and ulna
- Fractures – this type of injury is when a bone is chipped, cracked, snapped, or crushed near the point at which it is bound to another one.
Symptoms of Joint Injuries
There are several symptoms that you need to look out for if you were involved in an accident that could indicate a joint injury. The main ones are:
- Pain in the joint area – this can start as a dull ache or be a sharp pain or throbbing
- Redness – this is a sign that the body is trying to heal an injury
- Swelling – when the body is injured, it reacts by sending fluids to the area that carry what is needed to make repairs, this process causes the joint to swell beyond its normal size
- Inflammation – the joint may not swell much but you may notice that the area feels hot and is far more sensitive than normal
- Restricted mobility or stiffness – if the range of motion is reduced, that is a sign that you have suffered a serious joint injury
- Pain or twinges when you move
- A lack of strength or weakness – not being able to do what you did before your accident is another sign that a joint has been injured
- Unable to push off things – even if you can pick things up as normal if you struggle to push off against things you are highly likely to have suffered from a joint injury. For example, you cannot easily rise from a seated position or to do a push up when you could before.
- Your joint feels unstable – not being able to operate your joint smoothly when you put some weight on it or the feeling that it is wobbly means you have likely suffered a deep-seated injury
Joint injuries often come about as a result of accidents, but they are sometimes underestimated and ignored. If you suffer a joint injury and need to file for compensation, consult with Attorney Thomas C. Grajek now
Common Causes of Joint Injuries
Joint injuries occur in a range of circumstances. The most common of which are:
- Contact sports
- Some non-contact sports that involve extreme exertion e.g. tennis
- Slip and fall accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
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PRO TIP :
“If you suffer a sprain or strain, you can treat it with the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation.”
FAQs on Joint Injury Symptoms
I have already recovered from my joint injury -- can I still sue?
It is possible to sue for a second joint injury. Although if it is the same joint that has been hurt the chances are that the other party will argue that your injury is a pre-existing one. Your attorney will know how to gather evidence that can be used to counter this argument.
I suffered post-traumatic arthritis after the accident -- can I still sue?
It is sometimes possible to sue if you have suffered post-traumatic arthritis after an accident. This is even though it can take months or even years afterwards. You will need medical evidence and an attorney that has experience of handling this kind of case.
Can I sue if my joint injury was due to repetitive stress at work?
It is possible to sue for a joint injury that has been caused by repetitive stress at work. You will have to prove that your employer is guilty of neglect and that it was this that caused your injury.