What is a joint exactly? Medically speaking, a joint is where two or more bones come together. Like any other part of the body, a joint can be injured. 

The Main Types Of Joint Injury 

Let’s cover the main categories of joint injuries: 

Sprains/Strains

x-ray of the knee of forklift operatorA sprain or strain occurs when the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold a joint together and give it stability are overstretched. A very common example is a sprained ankle. 

Tears/Inflammation Of Tendons, Muscles, Ligaments 

Most people have heard of injuries like rotator cuff tears or a torn ACL. To state the obvious, the joint is damaged when one of the tendons, muscles, or ligaments is torn, resulting in instability in the joint or the inability to move that joint.

Fractures

Typically caused by trauma, this is when there is a break, chip, or crack in the bones that are connected in the joint. If a break is bad enough, it can cause serious damage to the surrounding tissues, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. 

Dislocations 

A dislocation means that a bone has moved out of its normal position in the joint. 

In addition to injuries, there are quite a few joint disorders, such as arthritis, that can be caused or worsened by an injury to the joint. It’s not uncommon for a patient to have a limited range of motion and chronic pain for the rest of their lives. 

How Are Joint Injuries Treated? 

Treatments vary for joint injuries depending on the type of injury and the severity of the injury. Steroid injections, surgery, physical therapy, and medication are just a few of the treatment options available. 

The bottom line is, treatments are expensive and patients will have to pay for out of pocket costs even if they have the best health insurance possible. This is during a time where the joint injury is likely limiting the type and the amount of work that can be done. If severe enough, a joint injury can end a career entirely. 

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