Ligaments are the connective tissues that help to hold your joints in the correct position and resist excessive movement – they attach bone to bone on either side of a joint to provide stability.
Torn ligament injuries
Aside from the more ‘publicized’ ligament injuries, such as a ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) it is also very common to damage the ligaments in all your peripheral joints when they are exposed too much impact or force. Some ligament tears will require surgery to re-attach the ligament, though happily this is relatively rare and the majority can be managed without going under the knife.
Owing to the fact that ligaments stabilize your joints, severe pain can be experienced when strain is put on a torn ligament. The joint will not be supported by these ligaments and will move beyond its normal boundaries. The joint itself will be painful apart from the force put through the torn ligament. This is the case whether it is your ankle, knee, wrist, elbow or shoulder (or any other joint).
It is also possible to damage the ligaments in your back as the result of a fall or twist. Recovering from ligament tear tends to be longer than muscle tear. The blood supply to ligaments is very poor as compared to the blood supply that muscles receive. As a result the rate of healing tends to be slower.