Ligaments are strong bands of connective tissue that connect two or more bones to a joint and are found in all the joints of the body.
Many movements have a ligament involved, which makes them prone to damage. When ligaments are sprained, physiotherapy treatment can help restore their function and stability while reducing pain. When a ligament is torn, a repair might be needed depending on the patient's symptoms.
Anyone is at risk of an injury. When ligaments are under increased pressure, stress or overuse from activity, they are at risk of damage. For example, landing on an ankle wrong, falling on your wrists, or excess pressure on your knees. Ligaments are also prone to wear and tear, putting the elderly at risk.
Most of the time, a ligament can heal naturally on its own and with RICE therapy protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
Treatments for milder injuries include using a combination of bracing, physical therapy and medication. Severe injuries require examination by a doctor to diagnose the necessity for surgery. In most cases, surgery with orthopaedic surgeons is considered a last resort.
Ligament reconstruction surgery involves repairing a damaged ligament or replacing the ligament with a healthy tendon. Patients can also work with BodyWorX physiotherapists to help reduce pain, restore circulation, and strengthen the surrounding area to support the tissue.
Patients who had surgery can gradually return to a normal level of activity in time.
The primary role of a ligament is to provide stabilisation and support in a joint by preventing excessive movement that could damage or weaken a joint. Some types of ligament injury are more common than others. These include:
If you’ve recently had a ligament injury or experience decreased mobility we can help. OT&P BodyWorX consists of a multidisciplinary team of best-in-class physios, sports medicine specialists, orthopaedic surgeons, and nutritionists.
We work with our patients to diagnose and find the best treatment and recovery plan for any ligament damage.