A ligament sprain can occur in any part of the body. The most common ligaments sprained are located in the ankle joint, knee, wrist, and fingers.
A ligament sprain occurs when a ligament, which attaches bone to bone, is stretched past its comfortable limit.
– Muscle weakness.
– Poor flexibility/mobility.
– Pain with movement.
– Feeling of instability.
– Swelling/discoloration in the area.
– Hearing or feeling a pop/snap upon injury.
– Loss of range of motion.
At Home Diagnostic Tests
– None — see symptom checklist.
At Home Care
– Ice for 20 mins.
When to Seek Help
Contact your physical therapist if the pain does not subside or gets worse within 7 days of injury.
Inspired Athletx Treatment
Initial treatment for a ligament sprain will focus on manual therapy to reduce spasm, pain, and any swelling that may be present, as well as restore normal function and mobility. Subsequent treatment will address the underlying factors that contributed to your injury, including soft tissue and joint mobility restrictions, weakness, and inefficient movement patterns.