Urgent Knee Injury
Dr Fritsch has a keen interest in sporting injuries of the knee, and will generally be able to accommodate a review at his next consulting session if your injury is urgent . If you have sustained a recent injury and require urgent assesment please complete the following booking form, or call us immediately on 9411 7166.
Pain, swelling, and stiffness are the common symptoms of any damage or injury to the knee. Appropriate care in the initial phases of injury may aid earlier recovery and avoid further damage to the joint.
Common causes of knee injury are:
- Torn ligament (either anterior or posterior cruciate ligament)
- Fracture of femur (thigh bone), tibia and fibula (leg bones)
- Injury to the meniscus causing the knee to "lock"
- Dislocation of knee cap (patella)
- Torn quadriceps or hamstring muscles
- Patellar tendon tear
If the pain and swelling is rapid and fast then immediate diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment is advised. Initial diagnosis includes physical and joint examination often followed by an X-ray and/or MRI.
Immediately following a knee injury and before being evaluated by a medical doctor, you should initiate the R.I.C.E. method of treatment:
Rest: Rest the knee, as more damage could result from putting pressure on the injury.
Ice: Ice packs applied to the injury will help diminish swelling and pain. Ice should be applied over a towel to the affected area for 15-20 minutes four times a day for several days. Never place ice directly over the skin.
Compression: Wrapping the knee with an elastic bandage or compression stocking can help to minimize the swelling and support your knee.
Elevation: Elevating the knee above heart level will also help with swelling and pain.