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Leg Sprain Overview

What is a leg sprain?
A person with a leg sprain has stretched or torn a ligament in the leg. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that hold bones together around a joint. Sprains occur when the bones are forced to move beyond the normal range of motion of the joint. The most common types of leg sprains include knee sprain and ankle sprain.

What are the symptoms of a leg sprain?
Symptoms that can occur with a leg sprain include leg bruising, leg swelling, leg stiffness, leg tenderness, and leg pain that worsens with movement.

How does the doctor treat a leg sprain?
Treatment for a leg sprain may include rest, cold compresses, elevation, crutches, an elastic wrap, a splint or cast, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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