Common Work Related Knee Injuries include
Beat Knee is a type of repetitive strain injury (RSI). Once more familiarly known as 'Housemaid's Knee', Beat Knee is caused by continuous, repetitive strain on the knee, often sustained over many years.
Doctors refer to Beat Knee as prepatellar bursitis, where the bursae - small, soft sacs of fluid around the knee joint which reduce friction and allow easy movement - become inflamed. As the bursae are strained through injury or wear and tear, they fill with synovial fluid to cushion the tendons from further damage. As a result, the swollen bursae hinder the movements of the tendons and nearby soft tissue.
Beat Knee Symptoms include:
- Severe pain or discomfort, in the form of a sharp ache or burning sensation, that becomes more intense the more you use your knees in the same way
- Tenderness of joints to touch or minor movements
- Reduced mobility and 'locked knees'
- Swelling and/or soreness around the joint or tendons
Beat Knee symptoms are typified by immediate pain that can arise very suddenly. If you suffer sudden pain, it's likely to subside after a period of rest. However, recurring inflammation in the same area, as with most forms of RSI, could be more serious.
Beat Knee is especially common in the mining industry, where miners are frequently forced into awkward crouching and kneeling postures for long periods as they work. People who lay tiles, floors and carpets or deal with under-floor plumbing and electrical installations are also susceptible.
Osteoarthritis can affect several areas of your body, such as:
- Hip and knee joints
- Elbows, fingers and thumbs
So if you notice changes to your joints or symptoms, including joint movement pain and stiffness, grating or grinding feelings or swelling in your knees, you may have started to develop osteoarthritis and should speak to your doctor.
A doctor be able to provide a proper diagnosis and evidence of your injury, and then assess the stage of osteoarthritis that you could be at. The doctor may also be able to help you understand how it could have happened and provide you with information on your treatment options.
Osteoarthritis often comes about because of activities that occur in a person’s day-to-day life, rather than a single sudden injury. So if you put your knees and joints under constant stress, they can suffer damage, and sometimes the body cannot repair itself.
Common Causes of Osteoarthritis are:
- Damage to ligaments, tendons and muscles
- Inflammation of the joint or bone, often including swelling
- Cartilage damage
Over time, repetitive wear and tear and/or forceful movement of your knees can wear down the joints used in the movement. Your employer should provide you with the proper equipment to keep you safe whilst carrying out your duties, as they should be aware of any risk factors. If they fail to do so, you can end up with an injury or illness such as osteoarthritis.
Repetitive Strain Injury
A repetitive strain injury (RSI) is normally caused by repeated muscular movements without enough rest between each movement. Over time, muscles, tendons, nerves, and cartilage are affected by the prolonged pressure, and it becomes painful to move.
To make sure you don't do any long-term damage, any RSI symptoms needs a period for recovery. It's exactly the same with Beat Knee; in fact, there are many cases where Beat Knee has been ignored, leaving sufferers in great pain for the rest of their lives.