Torn Ligament Q&A
Ligaments are small bands of tough, flexible tissue, made up of lots of individual fibers, which connect the bones of the body. bones. They give your joints support and limit their movement. Ligaments lengthens during tension and returns to its original structure when the tension is gone. You have ligaments around your ankles, elbows, knees, shoulders, and other joints.
What is a torn ligament?
A torn ligament occurs if a joint becomes overstretched or is twisted. Ligaments can have incomplete tears or total tears. An incomplete tear may feel like a severe strain, while a total tear can be as painful as a broken bone.
What causes a torn ligament?
Torn ligaments are common sports and on-the-job injuries, but you can also sustain such an injury in accidents or from general wear and tear. The most commonly injured ligaments are ankles and knees. A torn ligament of the ankle is usually the result of a joint twist. A torn ligament of the knee is usually the result of a sudden twisting or a direct impact on the site as the result of a football tackle or motor vehicle accident.
How do you treat a torn ligament?
Racz Pain Centers works with our patients suffering from torn ligaments to the elbow, foot, shoulder or knee. There are various treatment options available for torn ligaments that include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, bracing and surgical options (for more severe injuries). Regardless of the type or severity of your torn ligament, the first step towards healing is to receive an examination. Dr. Racz and his medical team can only assess your injury but also recommend the most effective and personalized treatment plan.