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Potential symptoms of post-traumatic arthritis

If you injure your knee at work, especially in a job that puts constant stress and strain on your joints, you could face risks of post-traumatic arthritis. While many people think of arthritis as something that simply impacts your body as you grow older, this is a specific type of disorder that occurs after a knee injury. Examples of potential injuries include:

  • Ligament injuries
  • A torn meniscus
  • A knee fracture

One key thing to keep in mind is that it can happen years later. This is why it's so important to have proper medical documentation. You may think that you overcame the injury, and the initial injury may very well have healed. That does not mean you will not face more physical challenges down the road.

The symptoms

If you worry that you may have post-traumatic arthritis, here are a few potential symptoms to watch out for:

  • Tenderness in your knee when you touch the joint
  • Skin that seems warm and red
  • General swelling around your knee, especially after heavy use
  • Pain that just keeps getting worse, rather than going away with time
  • Pain that is bad enough to wake you up when you're sleeping
  • Pain that gets worse if the weather takes a turn; you'll often hear people say they can tell when a storm is coming based on the way that their joints feel
  • Discomfort and pain even when you're not physically exerting yourself, but you are just sitting down
  • A knee that locks and will not allow you to completely straighten your leg
  • A knee that buckles when you put pressure on it
  • Popping and cracking sounds when you move your knee
  • A general sense of grinding tissue as you bend the joint
  • Issues with your range of motion, as it decreases over time
  • A loss of cartilage in your knee
  • Trouble doing physical activities that used to come easily, like walking up the stairs
  • Not having enough space in the joint, which can show up on an X-ray
  • Small deformities that develop around your knee; these can become very pronounced over time

These symptoms may make it impossible for you to keep working in the very job that caused you to have all of the trouble in the first place. It is important for you to understand what rights you may have to compensation in California and what medical steps you need to take. Post-traumatic arthritis can change your life, and you must take action as soon as you see the signs.

If you need assistance, it's important to find a team that understands your situation and your needs. We can address any legal issue. If we can't handle your case, we'll find someone who can.

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