If you are already receiving workers’ comp for a NJ knee injury, you are probably counting the days until the pain subsides and you can return to work. However, knee injuries are notoriously slow to heal—and if your pain has not improved, you may wish to explore microfracture surgery to correct the condition.
A knee injury can affect any number of systems, including bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. A surgeon will have to examine you to determine whether or not your injury would benefit from microfracture surgery. In some cases, you may need an arthroscopic procedure, where a surgeon can visually assess the damage by inserting a small camera into your knee.
Microfracture surgery could alleviate many of the following conditions of a Morristown knee injury:
- Pain. Most knee injury victims will experience pain while walking, sitting, or climbing stairs.
- Swelling. Some patients may find that the swelling in their knee is so severe it prevents them from walking, sitting, or even wearing their usual clothes.
- Cracking noises. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may hear or feel snapping or popping noises (also called crepitus) coming from your knee.
- Locking up. Dislodged cartilage or tendon injuries can cause your knee joint to “lock up,” causing your leg to become rigid or immobile.
- Giving out. Your knee may buckle when you put weight on it, making it difficult for you to walk without assistance.
While patients will often see long-term improvement with microfracture surgery, it will usually take between two and six months before your knee begins to function normally. To find out if your employer could be liable for your surgery costs and time off work, call Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. today at (877) 360-0183 or download our FREE book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers’ Comp Guide.