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Ligament sprains happen when excessive force or pressure causes the ligament to extend beyond its normal range. It can happen easily when working, exercising, playing sports, lifting heavy objects, or doing daily chores. Doctors have developed a system to grade ligament tears. The grading is based on how badly the ligament has been stretched or torn: Grade 1 ligament sprains actually do not affect the strength of the joint and the pain is mild. Usually a patient cannot jog or run but they could walk on the injury without crutches. Grade 2 ligament sprains have much more pain than grade 1. The patient loses some function from the joint and has more swelling, bruising and tenderness. Grade 3 ligament sprains are very painful injuries. The ligaments have been fully torn and the joint may not feel stable to the patient. There is often an audible popping sound with injuries of this degree.
People sprain ligaments every day in all sorts of ways. The following list shows the most common causes for ligament sprains: sports injuries (eg: tennis, wrestling, baseball, football, soccer, karate and running), job accidents, auto/car accidents, slip, trip and fall injuries, walking or running on an uneven surface, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, crosswalk accidents, construction site accidents, work injuries, defective products, sudden twisting and trying to stop your body’s motion too quickly or awkwardly. What adds to the likelihood of a sprain is if a person weighs twenty or more pounds over their doctor’s recommendation.
The terms sprains and strains sound similar but are rather different. Sprains refer to injuries that occur to ligaments while strains refer to tears for muscles and their tendons. Ligaments are what connect bones to bones. Most medical professionals will say ligament sprain to be clear even though a sprain can only occur to a ligament. They will also use the full descriptive name or its acronym (like high ankle sprain, or medial collateral ligament sprain or MCL) since there is quite a range of sprains.
Any joint can be sprained but the most common ligament sprains include knee ligament sprains, medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprains, lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprains, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) sprains, posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) sprains, sprained ankles, high ankle sprains, finger sprains, wrist sprains, patellar tendon (PTL) sprains, toe sprains, ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) sprains, and elbow sprains. Most of the listed ligament sprains are very common for people playing sports. Torn ACLs are the most common ligament injuries, with over 200,000 cases annually. It was found that almost 70% of ACL injuries occur during sporting activities and women are posed at higher risk. However, ligament injuries can happen during any time to anyone.
Spraining a ligament can happen in the blink of an eye just because you did not use proper form or an accident happened at work. Ligament sprains are common at work as the long hours, repetitive motions and the need to continually do a job faster have all contributed to the amount of work ligament injuries. The most common ways employees hurt their ligaments while on the job include: lifting heavy objects, tripping, falling, and stopping or rotating too quickly. We know how to handle workers’ compensation claims as well as personal injury cases for ligament sprain injuries.
With any injury, one should always seek medical care. In the case of the following signs, most professionals would strongly recommend that you seek help immediately. If you or the injured person heard a “pop” or “popping” sound when the injury took place, call your doctor as this could be a sign of a serious tear. Also, if there is significant swelling, it is hard to feel or use the extremity, you cannot walk or you have a lot of pain, a high fever, and/or open wounds, it is most likely a very good idea to contact help.
Ligaments are very small but they have the difficult task of binding bones together and forming joints. Injuries to ligaments are made tougher because they constantly move. It is always a good idea to contact a medical professional after suffering a ligament sprain because the proper healing of a ligament is crucial to your ongoing mobility and health. With ligament sprains, it is important to determine whether the ligament was torn partially or completely. Surgery is possible for severe cases. Tommy John Surgery, which has been made famous by baseball pitchers, is a type of surgery for severe ulnar collateral ligament sprains.
If possible, it is a very prudent idea to try to prevent ligament sprains. Some suggestions to do this include keeping your body in good shape, starting your workout, activity, workday or sport slowly with a warm-up and then stretching and being mindful of proper form while lifting, running, turning your body, twisting or playing sports.
One major reason for knee replacements are ligament tears. In addition, many total or partial knee replacement surgeries are now being done in such a way that they need to damage or remove the anterior cruciate ligament and posterior cruciate ligament.
The free initial consultations and case evaluations are important for potential clients as it gives them valuable information about their case, their options and what our firm can do for them. Our law firm conducts its cases on a contingency basis where you will not owe or pay us anything unless we win your injury case. The Riverside ligament sprain injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo still make house calls as we will come to you at your own home or your own hospital room if you are unable to come to our office. We available to meet during the normal hours of Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm and we will also meet you, by appointment, on Saturdays, Sundays and in the evening.
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