Rupture VS. Tear: How To Tell Them Apart

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What’s the Difference Between A Rupture Vs. A Tear?

We often hear these words associated with tendon injuries. Sometimes, they’re used interchangeably, which can cause confusion and distress. Ruptures and tears are actually the same, however tears can be complete or partial tears.

For example, one of the most common sports injuries for professionals and amateurs is a ligament tear in your knee. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect your bones together throughout your body. An ACL tear is one of the most common injuries for any active person. They can be painful and even change your overall lifestyle.

Too much pressure on these ligaments or any ligament can cause it to stretch too far or even snap.

If Believe You’ve Torn or Ruptured Your Knee Call (727) 547-4700 or Contact Us Here!

ACL and Other Ligament Injuries Can Be Caused By:

  • Twisting your knee when your foot is planted
  • Getting hit on your knee
  • Extending your knee or other joints too far
  • Jumping and landing on a flexed knee
  • Not stretching
  • Suddenly stopping when running or suddenly shifting weight from leg to leg

These injuries are very common in football players, soccer players, runners and gymnasts. Other athletes may be affected by this type of injury as well. ACL injuries may be a partial or complete tear.

If you think you have torn one of your ligaments or tendons you might feel:

  • Pain or sudden swelling around the injured joint
  • A loud or popping sound during the injury
  • A feeling of looseness in the joint
  • Inability to put weight on the injured area

How You Can Prevent Knee Ligament Tears

It’s hard to prevent these types of injuries because typically they are accidents. But, there are certain precautions you can take when attempting to preserve the strength and mobility of your knee.

  • Keep your thigh muscles strong with regular strengthening and stretching
  • Warm up before you partake in heavy physical activities
  • Maintain flexibility
  • If you increase the level of your workout make sure to ease into it and gradually make it harder. Do not make sudden and quick changes to intensity

Call Alexander Orthopaedic Associates Today

If you or someone you know has suffered from a major sports injury, please do not hesitate to call us or consult a medical professional. We are passionate about restoring our patients’ quality of life. Contact us today.