Sprained Ligaments

Ligaments are strong bands of connective tissue connecting bone to bone and providing stability and integrity to our joints.  They can sometimes become strained during sporting activities requiring rest, treatment and recuperation.

What conditions can we treat?

Osteopaths can treat damage to any ligament however the most common types of ligamentous injury we treat are:

  • Shoulder sprains and instability
  • Golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Knee ligament injuries:
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury
  • Medial / lateral collateral ligament injury
  • Sprained ankles
  • Sprained wrists

What are the causes?

Ligaments can suffer pain and damage as a result of a one-off injury or sprain, or become injured over time as a result of continuous or repetitive activity.

How can osteopathy help?

Osteopaths work using their hands-on manual techniques to reduce the inflammation and swelling of the ligament. They will also advise on exercises, stretches, icing etc. in order to stabilise and rehabilitate the area.

For serious ligamentous tears or ruptures, we may need to refer the patient for further tests in order to ascertain the level of damage and gain advice from the specialist on the prognosis and treatment plan.