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Ligament Sprains Overview

What are ligament sprains?
A person with a ligament sprain has stretched or torn a ligament. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that hold the bones in place around a joint. Sprains occur when the bones are forced to move beyond the normal range of motion of the joint.

What are the symptoms of ligament sprains?
Symptoms of a ligament sprain include bruising and swelling around a joint, and joint pain that worsens with movement.

How does the doctor treat ligament sprains?
Treatment for a ligament sprain may include rest, elevation, cold compresses and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Severe sprains may require surgery to repair the torn ligament.

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Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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