Ligaments are short bands of tough, elastic tissue that connect your bones, providing joint structure and motion. Strong as they are, the ligaments in your knees and shoulders are vulnerable to injury – especially during athletic activity.
A ligament disruption (also referred to as a tear) can be partial or complete. Nevertheless, both cause pain, swelling, and loss of function.
Ligament tears are graded according to their severity. For example, a microtear and stretching in which the ligament remains intact would be considered a Grade 1 tear. A Grade 2 tear denotes a partial tear with some joint looseness. A Grade 3 tear is the most severe – a complete rupture that disrupts joint function and stability.
PCL & ACL Tears
The most common types of ligament disruption include:
- An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear – This occurs when the ligament that crosses inside the knee and connects the thighbone to the lower leg is injured – often during sports – because of a sudden change in direction, abruptly slowing down from running, or landing from a jump.
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tear – This occurs when the ligament that stretches across the back of the knee is stretched or torn due to a sharp, blunt blow.
Other ligament disruptions include ankle sprains and separations of the acromioclavicular (or AC) joint on the top of the shoulder.
Treatment for Ligament Disruptions in Crown Point, Indiana
If you sustain a ligament injury, whether on the job or the playing field, you can rely on the specialists at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants to diagnose and treat your injury swiftly and effectively. We offer advanced treatments and therapies, including minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, designed to minimize your pain, reduce scarring, and restore your mobility quicker.
Give us a call at (219) 662-2279 to set up an appointment or use our convenient online Request an Appointment form to schedule your visit.