I Have Ligament Pain! Help!
Have you been injured playing a sport? Injuries can happen to anyone, from dedicated athletes to someone shooting hoops on the weekend. Whenever they happen, they can take you out of the game for weeks at a time, lowering your fitness and leaving you less competitive.
If you’ve been injured and you want to get back in the game, we can help – click here to contact Southwest Spine & Sports or call us today at (480) 860-8998!
Ligament damage can be caused by an abrupt blow or by repetitive, excessive force. The most common ligament injuries, among athletes and weekend warriors alike, include injuries to ligaments in the knee (ACL and MCL) and ankle. Of these, ACL injuries typically do the most damage.
Ligament sprains can occur in three grades:
Grade 1 – there is damage to a few collagen fibers (the primary components of ligaments), producing a local inflammatory response. This results in pain over the affected ligament. Grade 1 sprains should be treated non-surgically.
Grade 2 – there is damage to a more extensive number of collagen fibers. This produces a more marked inflammatory response causing intense pain and joint swelling. Grade 2 sprains should be treated non-surgically.
Grade 3 – the damage to collagen fibers is extensive and results in complete rupture of the ligament. This produces intense pain, joint swelling and marked joint instability. Surgery may be necessary to restore joint stability.
Ligament Pain Treatment Options
Ligament injuries can affect the stability of your joints, and if left untreated they can lead to further injury and chronic pain. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options available to help you minimize or eliminate your pain and help you get back to a healthy, active, and productive life.
At Southwest Spine & Sports, our team of specialists is highly trained in the field of regenerative medicine, specifically PRP and stem cell therapy.
PRP for Ligament Pain
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a safe, effective and all natural way to heal ligament sprains and partial tears. PRP is made by spinning a small sample of your own blood in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, known to be rich in healing factors. The resulting PRP is injected into the injured area. Medical research is providing early evidence that PRP can effectively aid in healing these types of ligament injuries.
Stem Cell Therapy for Ligament Pain
Stem cell therapy is another nonsurgical alternative to pain management that has been practiced since the early 1990s and uses the body’s own stem cells to treat all manner of degenerative conditions, including ligament pain. Adult stem cells, collected from reservoirs in bone marrow or adipose tissue, can be transferred directly into the site of the ligament injury safely and effectively in an outpatient facility, without resorting to surgery. Stem cell therapy has been proving to be extremely effective and is quickly increasing in popularity among patients of all ages.
Our Pain Treatment Options
A physician from Southwest Spine and Sports will be able to tell you definitively if regenerative medicine is right for you. If it’s determined that you would benefit more from a different type of treatment, we also offer:
- Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)
- Selective Nerve Root Blocks
- Facet Joint Injections
- Medial Branch Blocks
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- Pulsed Radiofrequency Treatment
About Southwest Spine and Sports
Southwest Spine and Sports has been helping people throughout the state of Arizona manage and eliminate their pain since 1999. Always striving to serve our patients better, we are at the forefront of regenerative medicine and are continually working to advance our knowledge of the practice.
Recognized as Top Doctors in the valley, the physicians at Southwest Spine & Sports bring not only their unparalleled medical knowledge and skills but also genuine care and concern for each and every patient we see from all ages and walks of life. From seasoned athletes to “Weekend Warriors”, there’s no limit to who can receive regenerative medicine therapy to treat their pain and restore their function.