If you asked a random person what keeps them moving, they’d probably tell you about their motivations. Correcting them and asking them what literally keeps their physical body moving might result in them mentioning food or muscles. The latter one is what helps actually articulate your skeleton to keep you moving. Larger muscles take care of the more dramatic movement of the body while finer muscles help keep the more dexterous movements available. These are all necessary to keep you moving, but you also need to ensure that the bones are where your muscles expect to function properly. That’s where tendons and ligaments come in. Tendons help anchor muscle to bone while ligaments actually keep your bones in proper order by connecting them to one another. Damaging any of this connective tissue is both painful and can impact your ability to move. Fortunately, there’s plenty to be done to help your body repair ligaments and other connective tissue properly.

Protein
Eating right after you’ve damaged a ligament is necessary to give you body the materials that it needs to properly care for the area. You’re going to need building materials to ensure the issue gets fixed. Make sure you get your protein while healing from ligament damage. Protein provides a lot of the materials necessary for your body to produce collagen. You want this as various forms of collagen are actually what make up your ligaments. Collagen is one of the primary structural proteins in your body for a reason. Try to make sure you’re getting a decent source of protein though. Beans are a good vegetarian source for anyone trying to cut back on meant, but the omnivores of the group have access to more varied options. Cheese, yogurt, and lean meats, especially the white meat in poultry or less fatty beef, can also get you a good source of protein that helps you enjoy a varied diet that supports your recovery.

Take It Easy
Think of ligaments as the limiting factors around joints. The way they connect your bones to one another essentially prevents your joints from moving in ways that hurt you. Strain and tears end up causing pain because their ability to do just this is impaired. The biggest things you can do to help prevent the damage from lasting is to cut back on actually using the damaged area if at all possible. Immobilize or try to avoid putting pressure on the area if at all possible. This is especially true of tears that can cause major pain if pressure is applied. Strains are easier to treat with the kind of basic treatment one uses for muscle strain: relaxation, ice, and elevation. Tears need proper medical attention though as not getting it can result in further damage to the area due to the severity of the trouble it can cause for a joint.

Vitamin C
As we covered a little ago, ligaments are actually a combination of a couple of forms of collagen. We’re used to topical vitamin C helping boost collagen in the skin. Dealing with ligaments means taking a vitamin supplement or modifying your diet to include a little more vitamin C. The latter option is better if you can manage it as getting your vitamin C from your diet ensures that you get the complex nutrients and other bits from the food you’d miss with a supplement. These all help your health in a variety of ways just as the vitamin C will help add to your body’s ability to create more collagen to repair the damage. Citrus fruits are a given source that everyone knows about, but your diet doesn’t have to be citrus all the time. Dark leafy greens, tomatoes, and even some peppers are good sources of vitamin C that can both make your diet more colorful and make it healthier.

Recovering from a ligament injury can be a painful and, sadly, slow process for some. You can work to make it easier on yourself by ensuring you treat your body right. Getting enough protein and vitamin C in your diet will give you body the materials it needs to make the collagen to repair the damage. Be sure to combine this with appropriate treatments from your doctor as well. This combination approach will help the injury heal faster and cleaner.

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