What are ligament injuries?
Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bone to bone or bone to cartilage, enabling joint movement. However, impact or overuse can cause the ligament to become injured, resulting in impaired mobility and severe pain. The most commonly injured joint ligaments are in the ankles, knees, and wrists.
When a ligament is stretched but not torn, it’s called a sprain. When it’s torn, however, the injury tends to be much more severe. Sprains and tears both frequently occur during athletic activities, when the ligaments are placed under increased stress. Physical therapy is a front-line treatment for both sprains and tears, although tears often require surgery before any physical therapy can be started.
What causes ligament injuries?
Because ligament injuries are likely to occur due to a sudden impact, stop, or twist, they happen frequently during participation in sports or other activities that put increased stress on the knees, ankles, or wrists. Soccer, football, basketball, gymnastics, and downhill skiing are all considered relatively high-risk activities.
In addition, females appear to be at greater risk of tearing a ligament. Patients can otherwise place themselves at heightened risk by wearing footwear that doesn’t fit properly or using poorly-maintained or improper sporting equipment.
The most common causes of ligament injuries include:
- Sudden stops or changes in direction
- Twisting motions
- Direct blows to the joint
Luna’s physical therapists treat ligament injuries
Luna has physical therapists across the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Orange County with years of experience treating ligament injuries. Our PTs will work with you to create a physical therapy routine that’s tailored to your goals, the severity of your injury, and your fitness level. The ultimate goal? To help you get back on your feet and back to the activities you love — with maximum speed and safety.
What’s more? With Luna, patients can receive physical therapy for ligament injuries without having to trek to a clinic. Our physical therapists come to you to provide first-class treatment in the comfort of your own home — it’s physical therapy, delivered.