Before deciding on whether to have surgery or not, consider that many ligament and tendon tears can be repaired without surgery and the associated pain and suffering afterward. Ligaments and tendons such as the rotator cuff, Achilles tendon, plantar fascia, ACL, tennis elbow, as well as many others can be encouraged to repair themselves. Let Southwest Pain management help.
Torn Ligaments and Tendons Q & A
What should I know about ligaments and tendons?
Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous connective tissue connecting one bone to another or, in some cases, connecting bone to cartilage. Your ligaments help to stabilize your joints and restricting joint excessive motion. Ligaments also help your body know the position of the joint. Tendons are extensions of muscle that also attach to bone. Ligaments and tendons are generally strong, but they can still be stretched excessively or torn. When ligaments are stretched beyond their normal ability, you can develop a sprain, while excessive stretching of tendons can result in a strain. Repeated strains and sprains can result in tears.
What can cause a torn ligament?
Repeated stress injuries can cause chronic inflammation that weakens the ligament or tendon and may ultimately cause a tear or rupture. You can also tear a healthy ligament or tendon if you suffer a high-impact injury such as a fall. Anyone who participates in high-demand sports, such as soccer, football, basketball, and gymnastics, can be at risk of tearing the ligaments or tendons. Other causes of tears include constant repetitive movements.
What symptoms develop due to a torn ligament or tendon?
You may hear a popping sound at the time you tear your ligament. Otherwise, you develop symptoms such as:
- Swelling and stiffness in the joint
- Loss of motion
- Inability to use the joint
How is a torn ligament treated?
A mild ligament or tendon injury may be treated with rest, modified activity, followed by physical therapy. A more serious injury, and especially a full tear, requires immobilization such as a lightweight cast or brace to give it time to heal.
Once your pain and swelling go down, you can start rehabilitation to restore strength and range of motion. We have treatment options to accelerate the healing of the tendon or ligament. Give the experts at Southwest pain Management a call or book online for a consultation.