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Ligament Tears

Ligaments are strong fibrous tissues that bring bone together. Ligaments are very robust. They can be overextended or even ripped. When a tear occurs, it is usually because of direct force to a joint such as a misstep on an uneven surface or other form of excessive physical activity.


  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Muscle spasms
  • Difficulty in moving joint normally


  • Rest
  • Apply an ice-pack to the affected area
  • Wrapping or bandaging the area to alleviate swelling
  • Elevate torn ligament area to reduce swelling