A ligament is a short band of tough, flexible tissue, made up of lots of individual fibers, which connect the bones of the body together. Ligaments can be found connecting most of the bones in the body. 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 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 the change of direction sports or full-contact sports. The 3 Grades of Ligament Injury are:
● Grade 1: Mild ligament tear
● Grade 2: Moderate ligament tear
● Grade 3: Severe (Ruptured) ligament tear
● Sudden onset of pain and severe swelling
● Joint instability
● Impaired function – can’t walk or run
Most ligament injuries can be rehabilitated for a safe return to sport between 4 to 12 weeks. The time of recovery varies greatly depending upon the location and severity of the injury. Your best guide will be provided by our Doctor post-investigation and diagnosis.