How to treat ligament injury?
Ah, ligament injuries. One minute you’re moving gracefully and the next you’re laid up on the couch with a swollen ankle wondering how the heck it got so bad.
Well fear not my friend (yes, we are friends now), because I’m here to help! In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about treating a pesky ligament injury – from causes and symptoms all the way through rehab exercises. So sit back, relax, and let’s get started!
Identifying a Ligament Injury
Before we can get into treatment options for your injury, it’s important that take some time to understand what kind of damage you’re dealing with in order to better identify specific treatments or exercises later on.
What exactly is a Ligament?
For those of us who didn’t study anatomy, a ligament is essentially just connective tissue between bones. Its purpose is simple: keep bones in their proper place.
Signs and Symptoms
So how do you know if what hurts might actually be attributed to one causing pain? Here’s what signals an injured ligament:
- Bruising around joint area
- Over-stretching which damages tendons too
If any of these apply then congrats pal! You’ve got yourself a (shitty) souvenir – but don’t worry since there’s certainly plenty useful things at your disposal.
Treating Your Injury
Now that we have identified that painful jump after tripping down has caused some serious problem for our dear body part…let’s put things back together again.
Rest & Ice
Much like spicy food does we must first chill out. Yep – rest your said limb as much as possible while avoiding aggravating any aggravateable stuffs such ‘as long walks across hot sandy beaches.’ After an injury, it can be helpful to ice the affected area several times a day – this will help reduce swelling and promote blood flow for speedy recovery.
Compression & Elevation
Another key part of legament injury care includes compression using bandages or garments. These help to prevent further swelling and also support the injured limb in its weakened state.
But let’s recount over what we have covered so far….resting your ankle on potato chips while Netflix binge-watching game shows is only going to bloat you not actually heal any injuries…and much like pimples they do unfortunately keep hanging around; but hey! You’ve heard us right – without rest our body just can’t manage consistent healing.
Physical Therapy Exercise
Once that damn ligament has ruptured or atleast strained which broke ya little spirit too, you may want to consider ‘physical therapy’. By working with professional experts who know all about rehab exercises specific towards these particular kind of predicaments could get your range-of-motion back where it needs mending! Plus these sessions reinforces building stability within that dang foot/ankle/knee/joint/etc!
Preventing Further Injury
So by now you’re near completion – But hold up there cowboy because we got one more thing to mention- In order to stave off future damage, there are some steps you can take:
- Stretch before exercise: Consistent warming up helps muscles loosen before engaging in rigorous physical activity
- Wear supportive footwear (?indispensable?)- Much like a good pair of shades only look cooler as time progresses ?good shoes make our journey smoother from start till finish?
- Don’t overdo it: Listen carefully dear friends @Moderationiskey (Nowisn’tthetruetho?)– if something hurts, stop doing it immediately.
All things considered… if none of this works then perhaps just pretend everything’s fine until hysteria sets in and you’re yelling at traffic in middle of the night. Kidding…kindof?. All jokes aside, we hope this guide has provided some useful information to help you recover from a ligament injury more quickly and effectively. Good luck!