A sprain is an injury which is quite similar to a strain occurring in different body parts and involving similar signs and symptoms.
A sprain occurs when a ligament stretches or tears of. A ligament is a tough band made of fibrous tissues which connects one bone to another in the joints. The most common body part which suffers from sprain is the ankle.
The signs and symptoms of a sprain depend in the intensity of the injury. It includes:
When a ligament is over exerted it tears of and the circumstances which can lead to a torn ligament are:
The treatment for sprain is done to make the patient return to their usual physical activity. The recovery from the injury completely depends on its type. While an arm muscle sprain can heal in one or two days, a sprain in the ankle can take two to four weeks to heal. Also, some serious sprains may need a surgery and a tear of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Your health care provider will guide on the exact time which will be required to heal the injury.
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