What is Ligament Damage?
Ligaments are tough, flexible tissue that connect bones together. They allow movement between your bones but are limited in flexibility. Ligament damage occurs when a ligament is suddenly stretched further than its normal range.
Symptoms of Ligament Damage
When a ligament is damaged, it can cause severe pain. This pain is usually accompanied by swelling and the loss of range of motion. Some ligament damage can be audible when incurred, with a loud snap or popping sensation. After the damage, it may not be possible to move your limbs without feeling pain until they have fully recovered.
Prevention of Ligament Damage
General prevention advice is to make sure your diet is of good quality and containing good amounts of protein and calcium to strengthen muscles/joints. Additionally, it is important to exercise regularly to condition your ligaments to be able to stretch without damage. If taking part in sporting activities, ensure you wear the appropriate training gear and that you practice the correct technique.
Risk factors of Ligament Damage
Risk factors include poor diet, not being diligent in taking care when performing physical activity, being over 30 years of age (when muscles have generally become weaker) and not exercising regularly.
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure also known as “keyhole” surgery. It is used by surgeons to view a joint area, so any conditions, such as ligament damage, can be diagnosed and repaired. Read more about arthroscopy here.
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