Ligament sprains and tears

A sprain is an injury to a ligament. Ligaments are strong fibrous tissues around joints which attach bones together supporting joints.

A ligament can be injured, usually by being stretched during a sudden movement, impact or fall. The ligaments around the ankle and knees are the ones most commonly sprained.  Ligament sprains are classified as mild (I), moderate (II) or severe (III).

A damaged ligament causes inflammation, swelling, and bleeding (bruising) around the affected joint making movement of the joint painful.

A sprain is usually caused by a direct injury or sudden twisting of the joint.  This may happen while playing sports, or may be due to a fall or car accident.  The following may increase your risk of a ligament sprain:

  • overuse of your muscles or muscle fatigue (tiredness)
  • a sudden increase in the amount and intensity of sports training
  • uneven ground or slippery surfaces

Some of the signs and symptoms of a ligament sprain:

  • you hear or feel a pop or snap at the time of the sprain
  • the joint gives way. This may occur if a joint in the lower arm or leg is affected
  • you have sudden pain or swelling in the joint. The pain is often worse when you touch the affected area
  • the injured area may be bruised and feel warm when touched
  • you have trouble moving the joint

Physiotherapy can help you post ligament sprain or tear to regain range of movement and increase the strength of the muscles around the joint to help prevent any further injury.

At the Centre for Clinical Physiotherapy we offer a wide range of services, knowledge and expertise to effectively treat and manage ligament injuries.  Treatments are delivered by highly skilled and experienced physiotherapists who are passionate about delivering a quality service and the best possible results for you.

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