A strain is a stretched or torn muscle. A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament, and happen most often in ankles, knees or fingers, although any joint can be sprained. Sprained joints can function with discomfort.
Causes of Elbow Sprain
Cause of strains are most often associated with overuse injuries. Sprains occur most often secondary to trauma (fall, twisting injury or automobile accident). The ankle is injured most often because of its anatomical weakness, its exposed position and the stress it sustains in athletic and recreational activities. It is often difficult to differentiate sprains from strains.
Signs and Symptoms of Elbow Sprain
Symptoms include: pain or tenderness in the area of injury depending on the extent of injury, swelling of the affected joint, redness or bruising in the area of injury, either immediately or several hours after injury, and loss of normal mobility in the injured joint.
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