Torn Ligaments

If you think you may have a torn ligament, you should seek medical attention immediately. Go To Ortho accepts walk-in patients, no appointment necessary.

Torn ligaments are very painful. At emergency rooms and urgent cares, patients may receive a splint and a referral to a specialist. At Go To Ortho, patients can be seen immediately by an orthopedic specialist, saving time and money.

Torn Ligaments

Ligaments are tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together. Ligaments can have incomplete tears or total tears. An incomplete tear may feel like a severe strain, while a total tear can be as painful as a broken bone. Torn Ligaments are common sports injuries and on the job injuries.


  • Pain that doesn’t improve within 24 to 72 hours
  • Swelling that doesn’t lessen within 24 to 72 hours
  • Bruising
  • Limited ability to move the joint
  • Hearing or feeling a “pop” in the joint when the injury occurs
  • Cannot bear weight
  • Symptoms that get worse


You may need an X-ray to determine whether you have a torn ligament or a fracture. Go To Ortho provides immediate X-rays on site at your walk-in appointment.

If you have a torn ligament, you may get a cast or crutches. At Go To Ortho, casting is done on site. Depending on the severity of swelling, an immediate cast can be provided at your walk-in appointment.

In some cases, you may need surgery to repair the torn ligament. If your injury requires surgery, we can schedule your procedure with one of our surgeons or an affiliated surgeon at any one of a number of area hospitals convenient for you.

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