What Is A Sprain?

A sprain is an injury where the ligament in your joint is stretched beyond its capacity.

Similarly, if a muscle is overstretched and torn, then it can be classified as a strain. If either a muscle or ligament is torn, then surgery may need to be performed.

 Ligaments connect bones to bones and are made of tough fibrous tissues.  Although sprains can occur anywhere, they most often happen in the ankle and the wrist.

 Symptoms of A Sprain

There are three degrees of sprains. A first degree is when only a few fibers tear in the ligament. A second degree is when part of the ligament tears. A third degree is when there is a complete tear of the ligament.

Diagnosis of A Sprain

To diagnose your injury, your doctor will most likely perform an x-ray to make sure that there are no fractures.  If the doctor expects a tear in the ligament, then he will perform an MRI.

Causes of A Sprain

Treating A Sprain


It’s important to keep increasing the range of motion of the sprained area to prevent stiff joints and muscle atrophy. This is the most effective rehabilitation treatment, but should be done once the severe pain of the sprain subsides.


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