Ligaments exist in the knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow and thumb. They can be sprained, torn and fractured at the joints. These injuries are very common in athletes.

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Sprains and Strains Symptoms

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Signs and symptoms
... Sprains and strains vary in severity. Signs and symptoms depend on the severity of the injury. Sprains Sprains can cause rapid swelling. Generally, the greater the pain and swelling, the more severe t...
Source: MayoClinic

Causes
... Sprains and strains occur commonly, and most result in minor injuries. A muscle becomes strained or pulled — or may even tear — when it stretches unusually far or abruptly. This type of in...
Source: MayoClinic

Sprains and Strains Prevention

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Prevention
... Regular stretching and strengthening exercises for your sport or fitness activity, as part of an overall physical conditioning program, can help to minimize your risk of sprains and strains. Try to be...
Source: MayoClinic

Sprains and Strains Treatment

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Treatment
... Treating a sprain or strain depends on the severity of the injury. For mild sprains and strains, your doctor likely will recommend basic self-care measures and an over-the-counter pain reliever such a...
Source: MayoClinic

Self-care
... For immediate self-care of a sprain or strain, try the P.R.I.C.E. approach — protection, rest, ice, compression, elevation: Protection. Immobilize the area to protect it from further injury. Use...
Source: MayoClinic

Sprains and Strains Other

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Questions and Answers Sprains and Strains
... This fact sheet contains general information about sprains and strains, which are both very common injuries. Individual sections describe what sprains and strains are, where they usually occur, what t...
Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

   

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