Sprain is an injury or tear of the ligament. A ligament is a thick, tough, fibrous tissue that connects bones together. Sprains are common in ankle, spine, knee, thigh, hip, elbow, and wrist joints.
Sprain is caused by trauma, overstretching of the joint during sports activities such as basketball and swimming. Some sports such as gymnastics, basketball, football, hockey, and running cause the ligament tear.
Signs and symptoms include pain and swelling of the affected area, skin discoloration, and joint stiffness.
Treatment options include:
Your doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help ease pain and inflammation.