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Ligament Tears (both open and closed growth plates)

What is a ligament tear?

Ligaments are connective tissues that connect bone to bone. Ligaments can be damaged, including stretched or torn. A stretch of a ligament is referred to as a sprain. When this happens, a person is at higher risk for further injury.

What causes a ligament tear?

  • Changing direction rapidly
  • Landing from a jump incorrectly
  • Direct contact or collision, such as a tackle

What are symptoms of a ligament tear?

  • Swelling
  • Instability
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Tenderness along the joint
  • Discomfort with normal activities