A common misconception is that once the initial pain of a ligament injury subsides, everything is back to normal. However, you can re-injure your knee or even worse, your knee ligament sprain can progress from a grade 1 sprain to a grade 2 or grade 3 tear. For example, you sustained a grade 1 knee ligament sprain this past weekend during a soccer match. You have rested and iced it well. It feels better this week, and now, a few days later, you run onto the field. A player from your team kicks the ball to you, but just a few meters too wide, and with high speed. You have to change direction quite suddenly and your knee twists awkwardly in that moment. But the ligament is not ready to handle the load at this stage.
At this point, you may have overloaded and overstretched the ligament to worsen your condition from a sprain to a tear.
If the pain returns every time you do your sporting activity, you have missed the most vital aspect of recovering from your knee ligament injury. This is a common reason why patients consult us. The ligament length and strength must return to normal before you return to participating in sport.
It is always better to allow the full time for a ligament to heal. Your physiotherapist will be able to assess and tell you exactly when you are ready.