Knee Injury After A Motorcycle Accident?
Good afternoon, I’m Ratna, age 20. Female student in sports. The chronology is, I fell and hit my knee directly on the asphalt and felt very painful during an accident. at that time the people who helped me lifted me immediately (without holding my leg). after that incident I was taken to the emergency room, at the doctor’s examination and the doctor said that there was no fracture and that was okay. then I was offered, medicine or injected. I have injected in the arm, then fixed in the area of the knee that is sick and given sodium medicine (taken if you feel pain). Today is the 4th day after the accident, I was able to walk but still with an angle of not 180 ° so a little bent. if I try straight, the knee feels loose (as if there is no divider to rest on). often feels aching in the knee area, and in the calf region feels like a muscle is contracting (walking). I think it’s normal because of trauma. Many people say that they were told to come to traditional medicine (massage) but since I was in college, I didn’t believe it because I thought it would damage the tissues or nerves because it was too extreme. What steps should I take? thank you
Hello. Thank you for the question submitted to HealthReplies.com. We can understand the concern you feel.
There are many structures that make up the knee, including true bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, meniscus, and bursa. Trauma, for example a traffic accident, can cause interference with these structures, causing symptoms of pain, difficulty making movements in the knee joint, and difficulty walking. To be able to find out which structure is experiencing the problem, it takes anamnesis about the mechanism of trauma, a physical examination directly on your knee by a doctor. as well as supporting examinations according to indications found, for example: X-rays to examine bones, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine soft tissue in joints. The doctor can provide physiotherapy to help recover knee injuries. Surgical action can be considered if indicative indications are found and treatment cannot resolve the problem.
Because knee pain is still not resolved and you have difficulty walking, you are advised to go back to see a doctor or orthopedic specialist so that evaluation and treatment can be done as needed. To help reduce pain, you are advised to do the RICE protocol, which consists of:
Rest (resting the injured knee, consult with your doctor whether you need to use a stick when walking to avoid putting weight on the injured knee)
Ice (cold pack of injured knee for 15-20 minutes, every 2-3 hours per day)
Compression (dressing the injured joint with an elastic bandage to prevent swelling and further bleeding, consult how to use it with a doctor so as not to aggravate the injury)
Elevation (lift the injured joint higher when lying down to reduce swelling, for example: support a leg with a pillow)
You can also use paracetamol to help reduce pain, with doses following the rules of use listed on the drug packaging. Massage the injured knee is not recommended because it can aggravate bleeding and swelling of the knee.
To enrich insight, you can read articles about knee injuries. Thus information from us. Hopefully always healthy. May be useful.