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How is a sprain diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

To diagnose a sprain, doctors will usually begin with a physical exam and an evaluation of your symptoms. Sometimes the doctor may have you move the affected joint to determine exactly what ligaments have been injured. Certain scans such as X-rays or MRIs may be helpful for ruling out other types of injury. Depending on the case, your doctor may refer you to a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon or a sports medicine professional.

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