Sports injuries: ankle sprains, knee sprains

Muscles, tendons and ligaments are the most commons areas of soft tissue that lead to injury. While performing exercises or doing any sports activities these injuries often occur. Or an injury can happen during everyday activities.

Sprains, strains, and contusions, as well as tendinitis and bursitis, are common soft-tissue injuries. Even with appropriate treatment, these injuries may require a prolonged amount of time to heal.

Broken twisted ankle - running sport injury

Ankle and Knee Sprains

A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, a strong band of connective tissue that connect the end of one bone with another. Ligaments stabilize and support the body’s joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the thighbone with the shinbone, enabling people to walk and run.

Sprains most often happen in these three areas of the body, ankles, knees and wrists. A sprained ankle can occur when your foot turns inward, placing extreme tension on the ligaments of your outer ankle. A sprained knee can be the result of a sudden twist, and a wrist sprain can occur when falling on an outstretched hand.

How Is a Strain Different From a Sprain?

A strain, which is an injury of the muscle or tendon, will cause pain immediately at the time of injury or possible several hours later. A sprain is generally considered to be less sever than a sprain. The area will be tender and swollen and might also appear bruised. Someone with a strain may notice weakness or muscle spasms in the area.

A sprain, which is an injury of a ligament, will probably start to hurt right away. Usually the injury will swell and look bruised, it may be hard to walk or move the injured part, and you might even think you have broken a bone.

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