Leg injuries are among the most common injuries that may occur in car accidents.
Each day, hundreds of car accidents occur across the United States, leaving victims with serious and even permanent injuries. Many victims get killed in car accidents, and their families are left grieving, and in a financial and emotional turmoil. Among the most common injuries that may occur in a car accident are leg injuries. Our St. Louis car wreck lawyer will discuss some of the common leg injuries resulting from car accidents.
Leg Injuries Resulting From Car Accidents
This condition occurs when the bursae or the cushion like sacs responsible for padding the muscles, tendons, and bones of the knee become inflamed. When a person develops bursitis, he/she faces problems moving the knee and experiences pain and swelling.
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) connects the femur bone to the tibia and helps maintain stability and flexibility of the knee joint. An ACL injury is usually very painful and may cause swelling, weakness, and a popping sound in the joint. Surgery is often required to treat ACL injuries. Patients also have to undergo physical therapy to restore the function of the knee.
A broken leg may refer to the fracture of any of the three bones in the leg, such as the tibia (shinbone), femur (thighbone), or fibula (runs parallel to the tibia). When a person suffers a broken ankle injury in a car accident, the bones that are broken are usually in the ankle joint, for example – the talus (beneath the tibia and fibula), fibula (runs parallel to the shinbone) and tibia (shinbone).
A broken foot usually occurs in the car accident victim’s toes, or in the bones that connect the toes to the rest of the foot. These bones are known as “metatarsals.”
Common symptoms of a broken leg, foot or ankle:
St. Louis car accident victims who suffer a broken leg, foot or ankle may experience the following symptoms:
- Pain that increases with activity and subsides with rest
- Immediate, throbbing pain
- Swelling, bruising, tenderness
- Cuts, open wounds or protruding bone fragments
- Inability to walk or bear weight
The knee joint contains semi-circular, shock-absorbing cartilage, which can tear due to an unnatural rotating or twisting motion.
Common symptoms of torn meniscus:
Depending on the severity of the injury, the victim may have to undergo surgery, followed by physical therapy. However, minor cases are usually treated with pain medications, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy.
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