When you are in a car accident, you may suffer injuries that are noticeable right away such as a broken leg or a concussion. But other injuries may take time to manifest. One of them is post-traumatic arthritis.
What is Post-Traumatic Arthritis?
It is a form of osteoarthritis and occurs when the cartilage to the joints or ligaments deteriorates causing the bones to rub against each other. It is a result of a primary injury to the ankle, knee, hip, wrist, elbow or shoulder.
- Pain that is felt in the affected area either during movement or at rest
- Joint tenderness that may range in severity
- Loss of mobility
- Fluid in the joint
There is no cure for osteoarthritis, but there are several effective treatments including low impact exercise and cortisone injections.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, 5.6 million people in the United States suffer from this condition. One of the most common causes are injuries that resulted from a car accident. If you are filing an injury claim after an accident, it is necessary for you to make sure that all of your injuries have been identified and made a part of your claim. If you do not, it will be too late to receive compensation for your newly diagnosed osteoarthritis. Once you sign a release form and have your settlement, no other compensation will be granted.