Knee Pain from Auto Injury
The Forces Involved in a Car Accident are Unpredictable.
Regardless of speed, impacts deliver violent stopping, skidding, and twisting forces. Depending on where you are sitting in the car, whether you have your seatbelt fastened, and exactly how the impact occurred, you could sustain whiplash, trauma to your lower back, or even a knee injury.
When it comes to car accidents, knee injuries are quite common. If you’ve hurt your knee, you may experience:
- Pain upon moving or touching your knee
- Limited range of motion
- Reduced strength and stability in the knee
- Discoloration or unusual warmth or coolness of the knee
Experiencing any of these symptoms is a sign your knee should be examined by a medical professional.
Is an Auto Related Knee Injury Serious?
Any knee injury can be serious, and a knee injury sustained in a car accident is no different.
You could have a Medial Collateral Ligament tear or sprain. MCL problems are common in sports but happen in auto accidents too. With an MCL sprain, you might feel a tingling along the inside of your knee.
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) injuries can also happen in accidents, causing instability in the joint.
Injuries to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) often prevent you from walking or putting any weight on your knee at all.
From torn cartilage to fractured bones, knee injuries sustained in car accidents can be quite serious, sometimes requiring surgery and often needing rehabilitation.
While severe tears and fractures are likely to require a surgeon, in many cases an experienced chiropractor can quickly and effectively help alleviate pain and restore mobility. Approaches include:
- Manipulation and mobilization techniques in areas of restricted movement, including the knee and surrounding joints
- Joint and soft tissue massage, helping increase the range of motion
- Cold therapy to reduce inflammation
We can also recommend specific stretches and exercises, tailored to your injury, to promote proper joint function and healing.
Avoid or Reduce the Use of Pain Meds
Depending on the severity of the injury, chiropractic treatment can be the safest and most effective form of relief for knee pain. It helps reduce pain and decreases your need for medication.
Depending on your injury, some pain relief medications may be unavoidable, but for a large number of people with knee pain caused by car accidents, chiropractic care helps reduce the need for medication or makes it possible to avoid meds all together. Certainly, with the rise in addiction to opiods, chiropractic care should be a well-considered alternative.
Visit Our Offices in North Huntingdon and Murrysville
Before any treatment can be recommended, an accurate diagnosis of your injury is essential.
Dr. Preston Mullens, a top-rated chiropractor in the Pittsburgh region, will help to properly diagnose your knee pain. This can include ongoing medical conditions, any current medication you are taking, any type of traumatic surgery, and your current lifestyle factors.
At Revive Chiropractic & Rehab, it’s our mission to provide you with the best knee pain relief treatment in the area. Get in touch with us to schedule a chiropractic appointment to treat your auto injury today.
Call us today at either 724-382-5576 (North Huntingdon Office) or 724-387-8215 (Murrysville Office). Visit our Contact Us page today.