Accidents we can all find ourselves in life, and ligament tear injuries are some of the consequences that can occur due to undue efforts, bad posture, blows received and not forgetting the poor nutrition that wears them down and makes them prone to break more easily.
This injury can be terribly painful and disabling, so at FastlyHealwe will clarify how long a ligament tear lasts as well as explain what factors influence the speed of recovery from such injury.
What is and how to differentiate a ligament tear?
Among the different components that allow the movement of our body we find the ligaments, which are whitish, resistant and somewhat elastic tissues responsible for connecting the bones of the joints . They allow their movement but in turn help to limit them, thus avoiding postures and joint alignments that could easily damage and destroy other tissues such as the skin, blood vessels, muscles and the joints themselves.
These ligaments can be affected and prone to rupture when we demand them too much, such as in the case of improper sudden movements at work and home as well as in high-performance athletes. It is very common in soccer players, for example, to hear that the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee is torn, as well as in skiers and skaters it is common to injure or break the thumb joint.
In the opposite sense, a sedentary lifestyle and in combination with a poor diet , all of which are obesity factors , make it easier for ligaments – and many other tissues – to wear out and weaken. Regardless of the case, if you want to know if you are facing a ligament tear, you should observe the following indicators:
- A popping sound in the joint at the time of injury
- Sudden difficulty supporting the leg, foot, finger, or limb where the injury occurred
- Intense pain in the joint area, which increases when trying to support or exert force with the limb where the injury is located
- Joint instability (the bones connected to the joint or any of them move at the wrong angle and / or direction)
- Possible internal bleeding (bruising and inflammation)
First aid for a torn ligament
To ensure that an injury of this type can be repaired it is crucial that it is attended to as soon as possible . A ligament tear, whatever it may be, can be irreparable if the due complete therapeutic process is not also respected. The fundamental procedures to be followed immediately before it are:
- Rest : the person should be immediately suspended from any effort or movement of the joint, highlighting those movements that favor the movement of the bones to positions that may also compromise the other ligaments and / or tissues.
- Ice or cold compresses : This helps to reduce pain and acute inflammation, as well as possible internal bleeding. In case of using ice, place a cloth in between so that it does not directly contact the skin. Maximum of 15 to 20 minutes per application. In the following article we will talk about the use of ice to reduce inflammation .
- Compression and immobilization of the joint : this is done with splints, compression bandages and later splints (casts).
- Elevation : allowing to reduce the blood pressure in the injured area.
Subsequently, a surgical intervention can be carried out if the injury is very serious or in the fingers. Otherwise, only the application of principles 1, 3 and 4 has to be maintained, change the cold compresses for hot packs and accompany the process with physiotherapeutic exercises as it is favorable to resume the mobility of the joint, in addition to the analgesics or medications that are relevant.
How long does a ligament tear last?
If a tear is properly cared for by following the steps described above, there is a very good prognosis for the recovery of the ligament, although in some severe cases, no matter how well the injury is treated, there may be life-long limitations to the ability to move and elongation of said joint, or at least it must be recovered with patience and perseverance.
Ligament tear: recovery time
Ligaments are made up of several fibers, and in some cases not all of them are torn, which influences the severity of the injury in question. However, ligament tears usually last 4 to 8 weeks to be able to recover properly, if the procedures of both exercises and treatment and rest are followed in the proper way.
In the case of athletes , the waiting time to return to their usual workouts and rhythms should be longer , as well as more rigorous and monitored recovery procedures, to ensure that they can recover to the best possible level. Therefore, if you are a professional or very dedicated athlete, commit to taking care of your ligaments and making a full recovery so that you can return to action and reach your highest level again.
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I am a Surgeon with a diploma in comprehensive ultrasound and surgical care residency, an area I am specializing in. During the exercise of my profession, I have realized the need for patients to know the diseases they suffer, and I can tell you that a large part of their complications is due to a lack of information. Being a health web writer allows me to transmit my experience, without borders, to all those readers eager for knowledge, educate them in the prevention of diseases and promote a healthy lifestyle.