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What should you do for an injured ligament?

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Ligaments are bands of tough elastic tissue around your joints. They connect bone to bone, give your joints support, and limit their movement. If you stretch or tear your ligaments, you may need to do the following during the first 72 hours:

In some cases, you may need physical therapy or surgery.

  • Ice the injured joint regularly
  • Use a brace or bandage
  • Prop up the injured knee or body part

From: What Are Ligaments? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

 Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Knee Ligament Repair.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Elbow Anatomy.”

Houston Methodist: “Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries.”

University of Rochester: “Common Injuries of the Shoulder.”

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 02, 2019

SOURCES:

 Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Knee Ligament Repair.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Elbow Anatomy.”

Houston Methodist: “Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries.”

University of Rochester: “Common Injuries of the Shoulder.”

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 02, 2019

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