Sprains and Strains
<p>When you injure a wrist, ankle, knee or other joint, you need to know what the injury is before you can treat it. Sprains occur when you tear or over-stretch a ligament, while a <a href="/health/sprains-strains-minor-pains/what-is-a-muscle-strain">strain</a> is an injury to a muscle or tendon. Other sources of pain include muscle <a href="/health/types-exercise/why-am-i-sore">soreness</a> or spasms, arthritis, and <a href="/health/bruises-contusions/why-do-bruises-form">bruising.</a></p>Learn more
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Sprains and Strains Q&As
Karen L. Gorton, PhD, MS, RN
What causes a sprain?
<p><span>A sprain is an injury to any ligament in the body. It is caused by increased, or too much, stress on the ligament. The ligament may stretch, tear partially or tear completely. </span></p><p><span>Stretching and partial tears may heal with rest and immobilization. Complete tears may need surgical intervention to repair the ligament. </span></p>
- QShould I talk to a doctor about my sprain symptoms?
- QHow do medications treat a sprain?
- QHow is a sprain diagnosed?
- QHow do I manage my sprain on a daily basis?
- QWhat is a sprain?
- QHow does a sprain affect the body?
- QWhat are the treatment options for a sprain?
- QCan sprains be prevented?
- QWhat increases my risk for a sprain?
- QWhat should I know about caring for someone with a sprain?
- QAre there alternative treatments for sprains?
- QWhat are the symptoms of a sprain?
- QHow can I rehabilitate a strain of the back's erector spinae muscles?
- QWhat is turf toe?
- QHow is the severity of an ankle sprain determined?
- QHow do I know if I need an x-ray of my injured ankle?
- QHow long does it take to recover from a sprained ankle?
- QWhat is the difference between a sprain and a strain?
- QHow soon after a sprain can I start exercising again?
- QWhat is a Lisfranc injury?
- QHow is a thigh strain treated?
- QWhat can cause my arm below my elbow to feel numb when I throw a lot?
- QHow do I know if I've overextended my arm?
- QWhat can I do at home for finger and thumb sprains?