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What are the symptoms of a sprain?

Here are some things you may notice with a strain or sprain:
  • Soreness or pain, especially if you move the hurt joint or muscle.
  • Stiffness. The area is hard to move.
  • Swelling. The area gets bigger, like it's filling up with water.
  • Bruises. The skin turns red and purple at first, then blue, green, or even yellow as it heals.
These symptoms can be mild or very bad. If they are very bad, you might have trouble using the hurt joint or muscle.

Symptoms of a sprain may vary depending on how severely the ligament is stretched or torn. In general, sprains may cause pain, swelling, and bruising in the affected joint. The joint may also be stiff or difficult to move. Sometimes, a popping noise or sensation may occur at the time of the sprain, especially if the ligaments are torn.

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