Sprained Ligament Evaluation
The evaluation of a ligament sprain begins with a history and physical examination.
Physical findings in someone with a ligament sprain include:
- Decreased range of motion in a joint
- Inability to use the joint
- Joint instability
- Joint swelling and joint bruising
- Joint tenderness
Tests that may be used to evaluate ligament sprains include:
- Bone x-rays:
- X-rays may be necessary to exclude a fracture or dislocation.
- Torn ligaments are not visible on an x-ray.
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