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Ligament Injuries

Ligament Injuries

Ligaments attach bone to bone and support, stabilize, and strengthen the joints. Though they are basically strong, ligaments are prone to damage when the joint is stressed beyond its normal range as in sports. A leading multispecialty health care center in Brooklyn, NY, HealthQuest provides effective treatment for ligament injuries in athletes. Our rehab program helps patients regain mobility, strength and balance.

Common Ligament Injuries

Symptoms

Twisting, or a clumsy landing are the common causes of sprains or damage to the tissues that make up the ligament. The knee and ankle are especially susceptible to ligament injury, though the wrist and thumb can also be damaged. The injury can be mild, moderate or severe.

The typical symptoms of ligament injuries are:

  • Sudden onset of pain
  • Severe swelling
  • Bruising
  • Joint instability
  • Difficulty in walking or running

In sports, sprains usually occur due to factors such as poor conditioning, muscle fatigue, lack of proper warm up, slips or falls on slippery or uneven surfaces, and poor equipment, including footwear.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Our team will first conduct a thorough physical exam to understand how the injury has affected range of motion. The nature and extent of the injury will be evaluated using X-rays and if necessary, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These imaging tests can also rule out fractures.

At HealthQuest, we have a multispecialty approach to pain management, which allows patients to benefit from a variety of treatment options. For sports injuries such as sprains and strains, we offer the following nonsurgical treatments:

Surgery may be necessary only for severe knee injuries or joint fracture.

To schedule a consultation at our rehabilitation center for foot, ankle ligament injury treatment, dial 718-769-2521 or send an email to info@hqbk.com.