“It’s not broken, it’s sprained.” Have you ever heard a friend or family member talk about an injury called a sprain? Perhaps you or someone you know has sprained an ankle. Spraining a body part is not the same thing as breaking it, but to truly understand a sprain, we must first learn about ligaments.
A ligament is a band of tissue that connects two or more of your bones at a joint. For example, your knee is a joint where ligaments connect your upper leg to your lower leg. If you bend your arm, you’ll quickly notice your elbow, another joint at which ligaments connect bones this time the bones of your arm!
A sprain is an injury in which one or more ligaments are stretched or torn. Signs of a sprain include sudden pain, tenderness, swelling and bruising. In addition to a sprained ankle, it is possible to sprain a knee, wrist, finger or toe, among other areas of the body.