Ligament Injuries

Ligament injuries are common. Chances are, you know someone who fell and sprained his wrist, or tripped and twisted her ankle.

Many ligament injuries, including mild sprains, can be treated at home. But others need immediate care from a medical professional. If pain, swelling or instability makes it hard for you to move your joint, it may be time to see your doctor. He or she will need to check the severity of your injury and rule out other problems, such as torn tendons or a dislocation.

About Your Ligaments

Your ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect your bones to other bones. They help stabilize and support your joints.

If one of your ligaments becomes stretched or torn, you may have pain, swelling or bruising. Your joint may feel unstable and, in some cases, you may be unable to move it or put weight on it. Common ligament injuries include:

Treatment for Ligament Injuries at Mercy

If a ligament injury has you hobbling, turn to Mercy for prompt diagnosis and outstanding care. Your treatment plan will depend on several factors, including the type and severity of your injury. It may include:

  • Rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE).
  • Medicine to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • A brace to support your injury while it heals.
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation to strengthen and stretch your muscles and ligaments, and improve joint range of motion.
  • Surgical treatment, including arthroscopic surgery. You may need surgery if you completely tear a ligament, or injure several ligaments at once.

Whether you’re treated at a Mercy urgent care, emergency department or by one of our orthopedic specialists, you’ll receive the care and support you need to recover from your injury and return to your normal activities.

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