Article by John Miller
What is a Ligament?
A ligament is a short band of tough, flexible tissue, made up of lots of individual fibres, which connect the bones of the body together. Ligaments can be found connecting most of the bones in the body.
What is a Torn Ligament?
Ligament injuries in athletes are common and can occur at any joint. The knee and ankle are particularly vulnerable but it is sport specific.
Ligaments are strained when the joint is stressed beyond its normal range. Common causes of a ligament injury include: twisting, or landing awkwardly.
It is most common when the ligaments around a particular joint are at full-stretch can cause it to tear away from the bone.
The 3 Grades of Ligament Injury are:
- Grade l : Mild ligament tear
- Grade 2 : Moderate ligament tear
- Grade 3 : Severe (Ruptured) ligament tear
What are the Symptoms of a Torn Ligament?
- Sudden onset of pain and severe swelling.
- Joint instability.
- Impaired function eg can't walk or run.
When Can You Return to Sport after a Torn Ligament?
Most ligament injuries can be rehabilitated for a safe return to sport between 4 to 12 weeks. The time period varies greatly depending upon the location and severity of injury. Your best guide will be provided by your health practitioner.
Common Ligament Injuries
Common Treatments for a Torn Ligament
FAQs about Ligament Injury
Helpful Ligament Injury Products available online
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