You take the health of your knees for granted until you suffer an injury to this body part. At that point, you soon realize just how much you rely on your knees throughout the day.
While a knee sprain isn’t the most serious injury, it can cause pain, discomfort and a variety of side effects that make it difficult to live your day-to-day life.
There are three types of knee sprains, including:
- Mild, Grade 1: This is the least serious type of sprain, as it involves the stretching of the ligament along with tiny tears. While painful, this type of sprain doesn’t typically impact your ability to bear weight.
- Moderate, Grade II: As the result of a partially torn ligament, you can expect some level of instability when attempting to stand or walk.
- Severe, Grade III: This is the most serious type of knee sprain, as the ligament is torn and/or separated from the bone. A severe sprain will make it almost impossible to bear weight and walk.
Regardless of the cause of the sprain and severity, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Even a mild sprain isn’t something you should attempt to treat at home, as doing so can result in a prolonged period of recovery.
If you suffered a knee sprain on the job, report the incident to your employer and share your medical diagnosis with them. Your doctor may suggest that you stay away from work to recover, which should lead you to file a workers’ compensation claim while learning more about your legal rights.