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. Ligaments can be found connecting most of the bones in the body.
What is a Torn Ligament?
Ligament injuries in athletes are common and can occur at any joint. The knee and ankle are particularly vulnerable but it is sport specific.
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.
The most common torn ligaments are knee ligaments and ankle ligaments. This is because the joints are weight-bearing and under high stress with change of direction sports or full contact sports.
• The 3 Grades of Shoulder Ligament are:
Grade l : Mild ligament tear
Grade 2 : Moderate ligament tear
Grade 3 : Severe (Ruptured) ligament tear
• What are the Symptoms of a Torn Ligament?
Sudden onset of pain and severe swelling.
Impaired function eg can't walk or run.
• When Can You Return to Sport after a Torn Ligament?
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.
• Sport injuries can affect almost any part of the body, including themuscles, bones, joints and connective tissues (tendons and ligaments).
• Sprains and strains are the most common type of sports injury. The difference between a strain and a sprain is that a:
sprain happens when one or more of the ligaments are stretched, twisted or torn
muscle strain ("pulling a muscle") happens when muscle tissues or fibres are stretched or torn.
Symptoms of a sprain or strain can include pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness around a joint or in a muscle. You may also find it difficult to move the affected body part.
• Find out how to treat the following sports injuries: