Sprains and strains: Overview

Runner with ankle pain

Pain from sprains and strains

Sprains and strains are common injuries affecting the muscles and ligaments.1,2

A sprain is a torn or twisted ligament caused by applying abnormal or excessive force to a joint, most commonly affecting the wrists, ankles, or knees.1,2

A strain is an overstretched or torn muscle – or 'pulled muscle' – that typically occurs in the feet, legs and back.1,2

These soft-tissue injuries are a frequent cause of pain, but can be managed with a variety of interventions.1,2

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Soft-tissue injuries are a common cause of pain3

Meet Terry

Terry and his son

Terry

Terry* balances the demands of his full-time job with taking care of two young children.

He enjoys going to the gym or exercising outdoors and loves nothing more than playing with his children.

He experienced an ankle sprain yesterday from playing tennis and this is now starting to affect his day to day life.

His pain: joint pain

He describes: a red, swollen left ankle; the pain is a little worse after walking

*Fictional case study

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