What is torn ligament?

Torn Ligament
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Torn ligament

A torn ligament is an injury to a tough, ropey fiber that connects a bone to another bone. Sudden force, a direct blow to a joint, a deep cut, or a smashing injury can cause ligaments to tear.

Symptoms of a torn ligament may include:

  • A pop or snap felt or heard at the time of the tear.
  • Pain and swelling.
  • A wobbly, unstable joint.
  • Limited movement (mainly because of pain).

Treatment for a torn ligament varies depending on the location and severity of the tear, the presence of other injuries, and the person's age and overall health. A partial tear may heal with the use of a splint for several weeks, while a complete tear may require surgery.

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