What is sprain?

  • (verb): Twist suddenly so as to sprain.
    Synonyms: twist, wrench, turn, wrick, rick
    See also — Additional definitions below


A sprain is an injury in a joint, caused by the ligament being stretched beyond its capacity. A muscular tear caused in the same manner is referred to as a strain. In cases where either ligament or muscle tissue is torn, immobilization and surgical repair may be necessary. Ligaments are tough, fibrous tissues that connect bones to other bones. Sprains can occur in any joint but are most common in the ankle and wrist.

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Some articles on sprain:

Sprained Ankle - Cause - Classification
... Ankle sprains are classified as grade 1, 2, and 3 ... amount of damage or the number of ligaments that are damaged, each sprain is classified from mild to severe ... A grade 1 sprain is defined as mild damage to a ligament or ligaments without instability of the affected joint ...
High Ankle Sprain - Treatment
... Treatment of high ankle sprains depends on severity ... Minor high ankle sprains can be healed by reducing movement of the lower leg and foot with a brace or cast ... As with common ankle sprains, using the RICE technique works well Rest Ice Compression (wrapping, splint or cast) Elevation When a high ankle sprain is diagnosed the doctor will determine if the injury is ...
Sprained Ankle - Rehabilitation
... exercises can be done to aid an ankle sprain regardless of the severity of the injury ... a fast recovery is to implement all the different types of ankle sprain exercises so the range of motion will increase while the pain will decrease ... therapists assign different types of ankle sprain exercises that deal with ankle flexibility, strengthening, balance, and agility ...
Sprain - Treatment - Functional Rehabilitation
... Prolonged immobilization delays the healing of a sprain, as it usually leads to muscle atrophy and stiff joint ... The components of an effective rehabilitation for all sprain injuries include increasing range of motion and progressive muscle strengthening exercise ...
Sprain Brook Parkway
... The Sprain Brook Parkway is a 12.65-mile (20.36 km) long north–south parkway in Westchester County, New York ... All of the Sprain Brook is designated New York State Route 987F (NY 987F), an unsigned reference route, by NYSDOT ... The parkway forms the eastern edge of the Sprain Ridge Park in Yonkers, giving the parkway its name ...

More definitions of "sprain":

  • (noun): A painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments.