How a Splint Can Help Your Torn Ligaments Heal

How a Splint Can Help Your Torn Ligaments Heal

According to the Washington Post, of the 145.6 million people who go to the emergency room annually, around 14.2 million are being seen due to injuries from falling or accidents. But whether you end up in the ER or not, many of our common injuries come from basic things like overexertion, or overuse of specific muscles and joints. And many of these injuries can compromise important tissues that are necessary for movement, like our ligaments

If an injury causes a torn ligament, it can cause swelling, bruising, muscle spasms, and immobility. Managing this condition isn’t difficult, but if it’s severe enough, a splint may be the most effective way to help it heal properly. Let’s examine what your ligaments do, where you’re likely to get these injuries, and what splints can do to help.

Residents of the Bakersfield, California, area dealing with torn ligaments and other injuries can get help from Dr. Yadwinder Kang and the experienced providers at 1st Choice Urgent Care. We offer prompt responses to sprains, strains, lacerations, broken bones, and many other medical problems with friendly, quality service.

The role of ligaments in the body

One of the most important connective musculoskeletal tissues in your body, your ligaments connect bone to other bones or bone to cartilage. This fibrous, elastic material is found in criss-crossed short bands around bones and joints for both stabilization and movement, and can be found connecting most of the bones in your body. 

You have around 900 ligaments in your body, and these collagenous fibers are responsible for providing a passive limit to how your bones move. When you stress your joints and other body parts through strain, overexertion, and overuse, you risk damaging your ligaments through strains, sprains, and tears.

Common places for ligament tears

Injuries that cause ligament tears often come from forcing a joint out of its normal position, and can result from falls, overworking parts of the body, or impact that stresses your limbs and joints. This often results in torn ligaments in many places including: 

There are three grades of ligament injury, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a year to recover from, depending on the severity of the tear.

What splints do to help

Splints are designed to immobilize parts of your body that require healing, and can help to reduce pain and swelling. This can help by keeping torn ligaments in a fixed position to avoid risk of further injury, and allows it to heal properly. They are often applied using a padded fiberglass or plastic splint, covered in rolls of elastic bandage. 

Splints are also fairly easy to remove and can be adjusted if it is uncomfortable or something gets caught in the elastic bandages. While your injury is healing, you should keep your splint dry and clean, and avoid putting pressure or weight on the injury. This method of treatment can also be combined with medications and working in physical therapy as your sprain heals.

Injuries can happen for a wide variety of reasons, but if you’re dealing with a ligament tear and you need help right away, make an appointment with Dr. Kang and 1st Choice Urgent Care today. 

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