Ligaments are elastic but tough tissues in the knees that help in movement. However, because of exercise, strain or other issues, ligaments get injured. There are three kinds of ligaments in the knees. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is located in the front side of the knee and is most commonly injured due to physical strain.
The Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) is located on the inside of the knee gets injured because of stretching exercises. The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) is not commonly torn unless the body meets extreme shock like an accident.
How soon do ligaments heal?
Ligaments do not heal like muscles. If you have a mild grade-I sprain, you will likely be able to recover within a few weeks. However, if your sprain is grade-II or higher, you may need additional support and hinges for recovery. You may have to wear knee braces throughout the day to avoid excessive pressure on the knees. You may need to do several exercises to bring back the ligaments to top shape.
Does physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy is one of the best treatments for common knee ligament injuries. Physiotherapists use more than 20 different methods for knee ligament injuries that help in quicker healing and long-lasting relief. No number of painkillers can manage pain and recovery in the knee like one session at the physiotherapist.
One of the most common therapy techniques is joint mobilization, followed by joint manipulation. These two techniques are very helpful when ligaments stiffen up and joints become too tight. These manipulations help in pain-free motion of the joints.
However, make sure that you visit a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist and don’t forget to discuss your case with them in detail. Don’t worry. These techniques are completely pain free and very gentle. Experienced physiotherapists can easily manage your pain and help your knee heal very quickly.
Your physiotherapist may also use instrument mobilization and massaging techniques to help make the ligament more mobile. It is highly likely that you will have to do some stretching and light exercises to bring back movement in the joints as well. All physiotherapists, massage therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and kinesiologists use these techniques. They are very low impact and have come a long way from the old pop and crack techniques of the past.
Taping in knee ligament treatment
Your physiotherapist may also suggest you taping techniques using Ultralign machine. The strapping and taping techniques provide support to the joints and prevents injuries too. If you are into athletics or sports and regularly perform demanding physical exercise, these taping techniques are extremely important for you.
Knee ligament injuries are very common and can affect anyone, whether they perform harsh physical exercises or not. Make sure that you always consult the physiotherapist and perform all the exercises that they suggest to you regularly. Also, ensure that you don’t miss any appointments and go through the entire treatment, even if you find pain relief in the first session. This will not only help in relieving pain but also help in avoiding further injuries in the future. Health Focus team is expert in taping techniques using Ultralign to help ligament injuries.
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