What are Ligament Sprains and Tears?

It is inevitable that the human body as it ages goes through regular “wear and tear”. In some cases, degenerative diseases occur and can lead to conditions such as osteoarthritis. As the cartilage around joints breaks down, this puts stress on the area. As a result ligaments, the fibrous tissues that connect bone to bone, can begin to tear or sprain.

Symptoms associated with ligament sprains and tears are swelling, instability, and general shooting pains. Tears are most commonly caused by sudden stops or changes in direction when exuding a lot of momentum. Those who play sports have an increased change of experiencing ligament tears. However, a sprain occurs when a ligament becomes stretched at the joint.

 

Treatment Options

With a specific stem cell therapy known as Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, scientists have found a way to boost the body’s natural ability to heal its self. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a safe and effective procedure that takes advantage of the patient’s own body. It starts by having a sample of blood drawn from the patents own body. The blood then goes through a process where the platelet-rich plasma is separated out. This is then injected back into the site of injury. In doing so, restorative cells are able to target the injury and being healing any tears or degenerate tissue.