Knee injuries comprise a wide range of conditions that affect the knee joint, including sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, and ligament tears. A knee injury can be caused by traumatic events such as falls, accidents, and sports injuries; and may also arise from overuse or degeneration. Older adults and athletes are more likely to sustain knee injuries.
Common knee injuries in Singapore include:
Knee injuries can cause a wide range of symptoms, depending on their type and severity. Common knee injury symptoms include:
These are usually considered for milder cases of knee injuries, and may include:
Depending on the type and severity of injury, surgical options may be needed. These may include:
If you experience severe pain and swelling, visible deformity, inability to bear weight on the knee, locking or instability of the knee, see an orthopaedic specialist for prompt diagnosis and treatment before it worsens.
This usually involves getting a detailed assessment into your medical history, a physical examination, and imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI scans and CT scans.
While knee pain is a common complaint, especially after exercising, for example; persistent and severe knee pain may indicate the presence of underlying medical conditions, such as osteoarthritis, a torn meniscus, ligament injuries, and fractures; all of which should be treated before complications arise.
This will depend on the type and severity of the injury. Mild to moderate knee injuries may take several weeks, whereas severe injuries that required surgery to treat often takes months to heal. Proper adherence to rehabilitation also goes a long way in determining one’s recovery time.
In some cases, yes, especially if the injury was severe, and/or did not properly heal. Long-term complications may include chronic pain, instability and limited range of motion; but this can be minimized if one seeks treatment promptly and follows through with proper rehabilitation.