Ligament Injury

What is a Ligament?

Ligament injury in athletes are common and can occur at any joint. The knee and ankle are particularly vulnerable but it is sport specific.

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. They can be found connecting most of the bones in the body.

How Do You Injure a Ligament?

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. Or even tear apart.

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 Ligament Injury?

  • Sudden onset of pain and severe swelling.
  • Joint instability.
  • Impaired function eg can't walk or run.

When Can You Return to Sport after Ligament Injury?

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.

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Common Ligament Injuries

  • AC Joint Injury
  • ACL Injury
  • Back Muscle Pain
  • Cramps
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Muscle Strain (Muscle Pain)
  • Neck Headache
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Thumb Sprain
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    Common Treatments for Ligament Injury

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • ACL Injury Prevention
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Running Analysis
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
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    FAQs about Ligament Injury

  • Common Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques
  • What is Pain?
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  • How Does Kinesiology Tape Reduce Swelling?
  • Heat Packs. Why does heat feel so good?
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
  • What are Common Adolescent / Children Leg Injuries?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
  • What to expect when you visit PhysioWorks?
  • What's the Benefit of Stretching Exercises?
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    Last updated 24-Mar-2015 10:29 PM

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