A sprain is the result of an injury to ligament/ligaments around our joints. The most common type of sprain occurs in the ankle. Treatments typically include rest, ice, compression, and elevation. However, severe sprains may require surgery to repair torn ligaments.

What is the Difference Between Strain and Sprain?

A sprain is defined as an injury to the bands of tissue that connect two bones together.

strain is defined as an injury to a muscle.

Symptoms of a Mild Sprain

  • Minimal pain
  • Minor swelling
  • No loss of function
  • Able to bear weight

Symptoms of a Moderate Sprain

  • Moderate pain
  • Moderate swelling
  • Some loss of function
  • Difficult to bear weight
  • Mild/moderate bruising

Symptoms of a Severe Sprain

  • Severe pain
  • Minor to severe swelling
  • Loss of function
  • Unable to bear weight
  • Mild to severe bruising

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The team of physicians, orthopedic surgeons, therapists, and trainers at Memorial Hermann treat a variety of orthopedic injuries, allowing the active patient to return to their desired activity level in a safe, effective, and timely manner. For more information on available treatment options, physical therapy, or human performance services, fill out the form below.

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