Ligament Tear

Ligament Tears

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Ligament Tears

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What is Ligament Tear?

A ligament tear is the most common sports injury. It can happen to anyone, whether you’re a professional athlete or just playing for fun.

A ligament is a rope-like band of tissue that connects two bones or cartilage in your body. Ligaments allow your joints to move in different directions and support them when you’re moving. Ligaments also help keep the bones together so they won’t slip apart.

A ligament tear usually happens when you stretch or twist your joint too far and it pulls away from its normal position. This can happen when you’re playing sports like basketball or volleyball, running fast, or even just walking down the stairs too fast!

What are the types of Ligament Tear?

There are many types of ligament tears, which can be classified in different ways. The most common classification is based on the location of the tear:

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

This is the most common type of knee injury and occurs when your knee twists or bends in an awkward position, causing damage to the ACL.

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear

This ligament helps stabilize your knee joint as you move it forward and backward. It’s also known as the “unhappy triad,” because if it tears, you’ll usually also have a meniscal tear and/or cartilage damage.

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear

This ligament runs down the inside of your knee and connects to your shinbone just below your kneecap.

Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Tear

This ligament runs down the outside of your knee and connects to your shinbone just above your ankle bone.

Partial tear

A partial tear is when only a small portion of the ligament is damaged. The most common type of partial tear is a sprain, which happens when a ligament gets stretched or torn.

Complete tear

A complete tear is when all of the fibers in the ligament have been damaged, which can cause your joint to dislocate.

What are the causes of Ligament Tear?

Ligament tear is an injury sustained by the ligaments of the knee.

There are many causes of ligament tears, including:

  • Sudden impact or force on the knee, such as tripping over a curb or catching your foot on a piece of furniture.
  • An older injury that has not healed properly.
  • Weakness in the muscles surrounding the knee joint, which can cause instability and thus increase risk for injury. This is commonly caused by osteoarthritis.

What are the symptoms of Ligament Tear?

The symptoms of ligament tear include:

  • Pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected area
  • Difficulty moving the affected area
  • Inability to lift or straighten the affected area
  • A feeling of weakness in the affected area

What are the risk factors for Ligament Tear?

If you have any of these risk factors for a ligament tear, it could make you more likely to suffer from one:

Age – If you’re over 40 years old, you’re at a higher risk for tearing your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) than someone who is younger.

Female gender – Women are more likely to suffer from knee injuries than men are because their ligaments are generally weaker than men’s ligaments.

Obesity – Studies show that obesity increases the likelihood of developing arthritis and knee pain. Being overweight also makes it harder to recover from injuries like ACL tears and meniscus tears

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Ligament Tear?

There are several exercises that can help rebuild the strength of the injured ligament and reduce pain. First, you should try to keep your weight off the injured area when possible. If you have to stand or walk, keep your weight on your other foot as much as possible.

Next, try these exercises:

Side leg raise with straight leg

Lie on your side and lift your upper leg up as high as possible (keeping it straight), then lower it down slowly for three sets of 15 reps each side.

Quadriceps stretch

Kneel on one knee and bend forward at the waist until you feel a stretch in your quadriceps muscle (the front of your thigh). Hold for 30 seconds at a time; repeat three times per day for best results.

Hip flexor stretch

Stand upright and bring one foot behind you with toes pointing downward toward the floor; reach back with both hands until you feel a stretch in your hip flexors (the muscles along either side of your hip bones). Hold for 30 seconds and repeat.

What are the treatments for Ligament Tear?

The most common treatment is to simply rest the limb and allow it to heal on its own. If you have a ligament tear, this is usually the best option. Resting the limb allows it to heal more quickly and prevents your body from overcompensating for the injured section of your ligament by creating knots or scar tissue in other areas.

Other treatments for ligament tears include:

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Using physical therapy to help with muscle strength and movement coordination
  • Taking nutritional supplements like glucosamine and collagen

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

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What brace is used for Ligament Tears?

If you have a ligament tear, it is best to wear a knee brace. The knee brace will help keep your knee stable while it heals.

The brace keeps the knee from moving too far in any direction, which can cause more damage to the torn ligament.

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