The treatment for a ligament tear, commonly referred to as a sprain, includes keeping weight off of the ligament, icing the area, adding compression to the area and elevating the injury, according to WebMD. This treatment is essential in the first 24 to 72 hours.
The use of pain medication is another layer of treatment in the first three days. Most patients take over-the-counter medicine or medicines prescribed by their doctor. Rehabilitation involves finding a balance between working the torn ligament and giving it time to heal. Doctors recommend a gradual return to normal activities to prevent reinjuring the area. Activity also helps prevent the formation of excessive scar tissue, which sometimes causes mobility issues after the injury heals, says WebMD.