Knee replacement surgery does not truly replace your knee joint. On the contrary, the surgical procedure, also called knee arthroplasty, involves replacing the surface bones of the damaged knee. Still, knee replacements are major surgery that often require extensive rehabilitation.
Whether you work in an office, warehouse, factory or anywhere else, you likely use your knees every day. If you suffer damage to your knee joint, you may neither be able to continue with your current job nor find another one. Fortunately, if your job duties caused your knee injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Here are some ways job duties contribute to knee injuries.
Knee injuries may occur without much notice. You may hear a snap while bending to lift an object. Alternatively, you may sustain a knee injury in a fall from a ladder or an encounter with a machine. Either way, work-related knee trauma may require either immediate or eventual knee replacement.
While knee trauma can certainly increase your chances of requiring replacement surgery, repetitive stress injuries may also necessitate the procedure. These injuries develop over time as you repeatedly move in the same or similar ways when performing your job duties.
If you sustain a knee injury at work, you may seemingly recover. Unfortunately, though, you may have some side effects that stem from your initial injury. For example, you may develop post-traumatic arthritis in your knee. This inflammation of the knee joint may result in both extreme pain and reduced mobility. Eventually, you may need knee replacement surgery to improve your quality of life.
Like most people, you probably do not think much about your knees. If they hurt or are not functioning properly, though, your knees can be impossible to ignore. While replacement surgery may repair the damage to your knee, connecting your injury to your job duties may allow you to receive workers’ compensation benefits.