When the symptoms of post-traumatic arthritis become too severe to manage in your daily life, it may be time to consider a surgical treatment, such as total knee replacement surgery.
Some of the more severe symptoms most commonly associated with post-traumatic arthritis include:
- pain when partaking in various activities, including traveling, walking, standing, or shopping;
- a limited range of motion;
- stiffness of the joint and surrounding muscles;
- aching and swelling of the joint;
- joint deformity;
- tenderness around the knee; and
- constant wariness that the knee might collapse or “give out..”
If you have been struggling with severe knee pain since your work accident, consider your surgical options and speak with your doctor. If your employer-appointed physician outright refuses to discuss the option, consider seeking a second opinion, but be advised: going to your own doctor means that you will have to pay the costs yourself because Iowa Workers' Compensation law grants your employer the authority to choose the doctor you’ll see .
Speak with an Iowa Workers' Compensation Attorney after a Work Accident
If your knee pain has not been addressed by nonsurgical treatment, you may require total knee replacement surgery, but your employer may be resistant to pay for it. Schedule a free consultation with a Workers' Compensation attorney who can help you get the coverage and benefits you’re lawfully entitled to.
To make the most out of your consultation, bring any related documents with you, including medical records, receipts, and a copy of the accident report you should have filed with your employer immediately after the accident. – 1-800-707-2552.