Like many repetitive strain injuries beat knee can be caused by a wide variety of occupations, working conditions and circumstances.
For instance it is not uncommon for workers in the mining industry to develop Prepatellar bursitis. The term beat knee has in fact become synonymous with those in the mining industry due to the difficult and hazardous conditions they work in on a daily basis.
Other workers at risk of developing beat knee are those that work in the cleaning industry, carpet layers, kitchen and bathroom fitters, plumbers and electricians.
What causes beat knee injury?
Beat knee injury is commonly suffered from the result of continuous muscular motions together with insufficient periods of rest between each movement.
The prolonged pressure put upon the knee joints when working in cramped and awkward positions can cause damage to nerves, tendons and muscles as well as the cartilage in the knee joints making it painful to move.
As with most injuries allowing time to recover and stopping doing the activity that is causing the injury is necessary to avoid long-lasting and in some cases permanent damage being suffered. Beat knee is no exception and can often leave those affected with pain and suffering for the rest of their lives.
General movement of the knees may also become restricted once irreversible damage has been done. Daily tasks such as walking, bending and stretching may become stiff and painful and mobility may be a constant battle to overcome.
Symptoms of Prepatellar bursitis
Medical professionals refer to beat knee as bursitis which is an inflammation of the bursae – synovial fluid filled sacs which encase the joint to allow movement to take place easily by reducing friction.
If the bursae are continually overused without rest and recovery or suffer trauma they become inflamed and fill with synovial fluid to prevent the tendons becoming further damaged by acting as a natural cushion.
As a result of the swollen bursae the tendons and nearby soft tissue become restricted in their movement caused by the increased pressure put upon them by the swollen bursae.
Bursitis injury is quite common in those most at risk through their occupations but there are similar health conditions caused by poor working conditions which in turn can cause injury to other joints around the body, these include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome – the compression of a major nerve which travels across the carpal bones in the wrist, causing pain in the hands and fingers.
- Tendonitis – Inflammation of the tendons
- Tenosynovitis – The synovium lining of the protective sheath (normally in the wrist) that surrounds tendons becomes inflamed.
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) – Intense burning, swelling, stiffness and pain which affects arms, hands legs and feet.
- Myofascial pain syndrome – the repeated contraction of a muscles trigger points can typically lead to myofascial pain syndrome which is chronic pain often felt in unrelated parts of the body.
- Trigger finger/thumb – the flexor tendon becomes locked, stiff or snaps causing pain and discomfort.
- Thoracic outlet syndrome – Numbness in fingers and pain in the shoulder, arm and neck caused by compression of the nerves in the upper chest.
Anyone looking to claim compensation for a beat knee injury or any injury suffered by poor working conditions will need to show that it was the neglect and carelessness of their employer that has caused the injury.
In most cases time limits to make a claim will apply and this is usually three years from when the injury occurred or when you became aware of the injury and that it was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Enlisting the help of a specialist personal injury solicitor to assist with any questions you have and to arrange for medical reports to identify the injuries you have sustained is important to ensure you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Please contact us today to find out if you can claim compensation for an injury you have suffered at work.