Healing within an injured ligament is a complex dance of cellular processes, which “cause alterations in the biology and biomechanics of the injured ligament, leading to inadequate healing and tissue formation that is inferior to the tissue it has replaced” according to the Open Rehabilitation Journal.
“The incomplete healing and lower integrity of the new ligament tissue results in ligament laxity, predisposing the joint to further injury. The cycle of injury and laxity causes joint instability which, leads to chronic pain, diminished function, and ultimately, to osteoarthritis (OA) of the affected joint.”
Ligaments take a long time to fully heal, and this occurs in three phases: acute inflammatory, proliferative or regenerative repair, and remodeling.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Ligament Injuries?
Along with physical rehabilitation, your chiropractor can work in collaboration with your other doctors to be part of a treatment plan for ligament injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, adjustments to improve stability, mobility, reduce pain, and improved healing can be an important part of ligament damage recovery.
Contact Dr. Gessert at Pivotal Chiropractic today to get started!