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Ligament Injury

What is Ligament Injury?

A ligament is a tough band of flexible tissues that comprises of individual fibres and connects the bones in your body together.

A ligament injury occurs when the ligaments are strained, which means, the particular joint is full-stretched beyond a normal range causing it to tear away from the bone. Your knees and ankle are the most vulnerable joints where ligament injury often happens because they are the weight-bearing joints that are under high stress with change of direction sports or full contact sports. 

What are the causes of Ligament Injury?

The most common causes of Ligament Injury are:

  • Sudden twist or sharp change of direction
  • Landing awkwardly
  • A blunt force hitting 
What are the symptoms of Ligament Injury?

Various signs and symptoms of Ligament Injury may include:

  • Sudden onset of
  • Pain
  • Severe swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Joint instability
  • Restricted movement 
How can Ligament Injury be treated?

In the initial stages, you can self-help by using the RICE method- Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. If you don’t get relief by RICE method then consult your doctor. The various treatment options recommended by him include:

  • Medications to relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Physiotherapy
  • Braces
  • Surgery