SPORTS MEDICINE & ARTHROSCOPY: LIGAMENT SPRAINS
Ligament sprains result from overstretching a ligament. In severe injuries, the ligament may even be partially or fully torn. While athletes are especially prone to ligament sprains, anyone can suffer from this type of injury. The sports medicine physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC provide conservative and surgical treatment for all types of ligament sprains, no matter what their severity.
Causes & Symptoms of Ligament Sprains
Ligament sprains generally occur when a hand or foot is stretched or twisted unnaturally during a fall or athletic impact. Commonly, a patient can roll a foot and sprain the ankle—or reach out to catch themselves and sprain a wrist. Symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
- Joint pain
- Joint immobility or instability
- Inability to put weight on the joint
- Swelling, tenderness and bruising
- Muscle weakness or spasm
Diagnosing a Ligament Sprain
The sports medicine surgeons at Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC will diagnose your sprain by examining the injured area, discussing your symptoms, and testing for swelling, redness, immobility and instability. Sometimes, imaging may be required to confirm a severe ligament sprain or determine if a tear is present.
If you believe you have sustained a ligament sprain or muscle strain, it is wise to seek orthopedic expertise from a NJ sports medicine physician. Sprain symptoms can be similar to those of a fracture, so seek emergency care if you believe a fracture is possible.
Treatment for Ligament Sprains
Conservative sprain treatment consists of R.I.C.E. – rest, ice, compression and elevation. If this treatment does not alleviate the pain or if symptoms worsen, your sports medicine doctor may recommend rehab and physical therapy to strengthen and stabilize a sprain. When athletes experience a severe sprain or a ligament tear, surgery may be required. Many sprain surgeries are performed using tiny incisions. This minimally invasive treatment helps to speed healing and limit scar tissue around the joint. In more drastic cases, or if a patient has sustained multiple injuries to a wrist, ankle, knee or other joint, more extensive surgical repairs may be necessary. After surgery, physical therapy helps to return patients to their desired activity level.
Contact the Kayal Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Team Today
Dr. Robert A. Kayal and his team serve patients in two state-of-the-art offices, located in Ridgewood, NJ and Franklin Lakes, NJ. To learn more about our sports medicine practice, or to schedule an appointment for your Essex, Hudson, Passaic or Bergen County ligament sprain, call or email our friendly staff today!