Ligaments are bands of connective tissues around your joints. They connect bone to bone to give your joints support and stabilise them. Ligament sprains commonly occur due to specific injuries where your joint was in a vulnerable position causing strain and instability to the joint to the point of damage. Ligament sprains injuries may progress into an inflammatory response which will include excessive swelling, bruising and pain with mobility. If you are unable to weight bear on your limb or you are concerned about dislocation, you should seek medical attention immediately. Following a significant ligament sprain, you are at high risk for further damage if not treated carefully.
If you think you have a mild to moderate ligament sprain, do not worry – IT CAN HEAL! Ligaments have their own blood supply. Even though this blood supply is limited, it can heal itself with the proper treatments… just practice patience ;)
Our physiotherapists at Synergy are equipped to work with ligament sprains. We will assess your joint and surrounding tissues first to determine any need for further assessment. Orthotics, taping and/or bracing may be recommended depending on our findings. Treatment will begin by getting the inflammatory phase under control with the use of hands on techniques and modalities as well as a simple home exercise program for pain free mobility. Our therapists will educate you on your healing process and work with you to develop a specific rehabilitation plan to progress you back into your pain free lifestyle. Treatment will target increased blood flow to encourage the healing process with progression to a strengthening program as tolerated. Strength and stability exercises will be crucial in this joints full recovery. As appropriate, our physiotherapist will train you in return to sport, recreational or work activities with special attention to your body mechanics and muscle imbalances to prevent re-injury.