Experience tendon or ligament pain while running or at rest?
What is a ligament sprain?
A ligament is a strong band of tissue that joins bone to bone and provide stability to joints.
Injury to a ligament is referred to as a sprain and often occur when a joint is moved beyond its normal range of motion. This commonly occurs with twisting or landing awkwardly.
Ligament injuries are graded from 1 to 3.
- Grade 1 – the ligament is overstretched but remains intact
- Grade 2 – some ligament fibres are torn, some remain intact
- Grade 3 – all fibres are torn
Ligaments have poor blood supply compared to muscles, which means they take longer to heal.
Symptoms of a ligament injury depend on the severity and include; pain, swelling, bruising, loss of function or movement at a joint and feeling as if the joint is unstable. Interestingly people who sustain a complete ligament tear often report little pain.
Injury to a tendon
A tendon is what joins muscles to bones and injury to a tendon is often referred to as a tendinopathy. Tendons are often injured due to overuse of a body part due to repetition in activities or a one-time load of the tendon which exceeds its capacity. Tendon injuries can progress if complete healing and appropriate rehab isn’t achieved before re-injury.
Symptoms of a tendon injury include pain (often mainly before and after injury), possible swelling, reduced function and weakness of the body part.
For the best treatment be sure to come see us at the Mid-North Coast Tendon Clinic!
At PhyxYou, we will treat your symptoms AND perform a thorough assessment to further address any possible causes and ways to prevent it from occurring again.