Sprains and strainsOverview

overview

Sprains and strains are injuries to muscles or ligaments, the tissue connecting bones to other bones.

symptoms

Symptoms of a sprain and a strain include pain and swelling around a joint, such as the ankle, wrist or thumb.

treatments_overview

You can treat most sprains and strains with things like rest, ice and compression. Physiotherapy may help if it does not get better in a few weeks.

prevention

You can help reduce your risk of sprains and strains by warming up before exercising and not exercising too hard.

Page last reviewed: 12/01/2018
Next review due: 12/01/2021