What can be done for a Torn Ligament?

A torn ligament will create instability of the joint. Not all torn ligaments need surgery, but if surgery is needed to stabilize the joint, the torn ligament can usually be repaired. Scar tissue may prevent this. If it is not possible to fix the broken ligament, other procedures can correct the instability. Instability of a joint could eventually lead to wear of the cartilage and osteoarthritis.