While playing sports or working, your tendons and ligaments handle enormous amounts of pressure and strain. These are the most vulnerable parts of the body that frequently gets injured and these injuries are extremely painful. These injuries can last for only a few days or it can even cripple you permanently.
It may happen to a novice as well as professional bodybuilders and you may find many videos in YouTube, showing experienced athletes suffering ligament and tendon injuries. These injuries occur in places where the major muscles or joints, & surrounding area are used on a regular basis.
In this post I am going to discuss about the major three areas that are prone to ligament or tendon injuries.
3 Different Types Of Ligament And Tendon Injuries
Shoulders are one of the most injury prone areas in a human body and you should not ignore a pain if it is bothering you for long. The ligament in the shoulders are sometimes stretched or sprained to such an extent that they lead to separated shoulders. Your shoulder joints and muscles will not function properly without repair. This type of injury is not limited to bodybuilders, but an athlete like the pitcher in a baseball game can also suffer from such injuries.According to the website Merck.com, a serious sprain can tear the coracoclavicular ligament leading to separation of the clavicle bone and the shoulder. The treatment involves employing a sling to immobilize the shoulder and performing mobility exercises.
If the sprain is severe then there can be no treatment other than surgery.
Quadriceps Tendon Injuries
The quadriceps are one of the largest muscle groups in our body and here the injury can occur if there is a severe sprain tearing the tendon that connects the quadriceps to the bone. This type of injury is quite common in athletes like football players and runners who put enormous strain upon their quadriceps to achieve more speed and flexibility. Apart from the athletes, there are also many elderly patients, already under the medication for osteoarthritis, who suffer from quadriceps tendon injuries.In case of complete tearing of the tendon, you cannot simply move your legs without severe pain and may involve an immediate surgery to overcome the injury. If this pain is endured and ignored for a long term then it will definitely lead to other complications like sudden weakness in legs and knee problems.
Ankle sprains are the most common ligament injuries and as far as its severity is concerned it certainly exhibits a higher range as compared to other ligament injuries. Injury like this usually occurs when the ligament connecting the ankle to the bottom of the leg gets stretched beyond a certain level.This stretching is possible only when the foot is rotated outward or inward at an extreme angle. Being such a vulnerable area, tearing of the ligaments is quite common, but the severity of suffering depends upon the various degrees of sprain. A sprained ankle can put a patient into an air cast or may even put him inside the operating theatre for a surgery.