Sprains are damage caused to the ligaments that support a joint. When a force places stress on a joint there can be damage to the ligaments that surround it. The ligaments can tear or be stretched. Ankle sprains (twisted ankles), knee sprains (twisted knees) and finger sprains are very common musculoskeletal injuries.Usually the joint will swell, become painful and stiff, and movement will become limited.Sprains vary from being mild to being severe, where one or more ligaments are completely torn.
Treating mild sprains
Follow RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate) to reduce the swelling and pain.Do not apply heat to the injured area for at least the first 48 hours, and do not get any massage to the area during this time.If you hear a popping or snapping sound when you injured yourself seek medical advice as soon as possible.