Ligament Sprains in Atlanta, GA

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About Ligament Sprains

As the length of tissue that connects one bone to another, ligaments are attached on each side of a joint in order to provide stability and protection. When a ligament is stretched or torn, it is referred to as a sprain, causing significant pain and discomfort. Though it is most common in the ankle, a ligament sprain can also occur in the knee, wrist, and thumb. Depending on the severity and location of the sprain, there are a number of available treatment options to treat the area and alleviate pain. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams and his skilled orthopedic team provide innovative solutions for treating ligament sprains. Learn more by contacting our Atlanta, GA facility to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Williams.

Symptoms of Ligament Sprains

Evaluating and properly diagnosing a ligament sprain necessitates a thorough examination by an experienced orthopedic specialist. Though a sprain can exhibit a variety of symptoms, some of the most common are:

  • Extreme pain and discomfort
  • Inflammation and bruising
  • Decreased mobility
  • A "popping" sound or sensation at the time of the trauma or injury
  • The inability to put any amount of weight on the injured joint
  • Numbness and tingling in the affected area

Causes of Ligament Sprains

The most common cause of a ligament sprain is an injury or trauma. This could be during the participation in a sport, exercise, running, walking, or due to a fall or accident. Any activity or event that entails bearing the weight of your body on a joint is going to present the greatest risk of ligament injury. Even though younger and more active individuals have the highest risk of obtaining a sprain, older individuals who have decreased muscle mass and bone strength are also at risk. 

Treatment Options

There are a number of treatments available for ligament sprains based on the extent and severity of the injury, your age, health, and lifestyle. For less severe sprains, Dr. Williams may just recommend anti-inflammatory medication, a splint, rest, and ice to reduce swelling. In more severe cases where the ligament has been torn, a more invasive form of treatment may be needed to help restore the ligament. After a series of diagnostic testing, Dr. Williams will be better equipped to create an optimal treatment plan specifically for your needs and concerns. No matter the suggested treatment plan, Dr. Williams is dedicated to seeing you through to optimal recovery.

Optimal Treatment Options

When you have suffered an injury or trauma that has resulted in a ligament sprain, it is important to seek prompt medical care by a skilled professional. At Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta, Dr. Christopher Williams and his experienced orthopedic team provide optimal care to help treat ligament sprains. Contact our Atlanta, GA facility to learn more and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Williams at our innovative orthopedic practice.

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