Knee pain and injuries
There are many conditions and activities that can cause knee pain and injuries. Work injuries may include but are not limited to strains, sprains, contusions, meniscus injuries, fractures, ligament tears, bursitis, and patella (knee cap) dislocations. Examples of work accidents or activities that may cause these injuries include: slips on wet or slippery surfaces, falls, heavy or repetitive lifting and/or carrying, heavy or repetitive pushing and/or pulling, and prolonged kneeling. Sports and other activities such as gardening and housework may also result in these knee injuries. In addition, knee pain may be caused by underlying medical conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, chondromalacia, post traumatic arthritis, Osgood-Schlatter's disease, Baker's cyst, and degenerative joint disease. Conditions such as obesity may cause knee strain and premature degenerative joint disease. Knee pain that is not associated with a specific injury at work needs to be evaluated by the person's personal physician.
May include pain, swelling or effusion, localized heat, decreased range of motion, instability, locking, clicking, popping, and inability to bear full or partial weight.
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