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    Understanding Sprains and Strains -- Prevention

    How Can I Prevent Sprains and Strains?

    The best way to prevent sprains or strains is to keep yourself in good physical shape -- with regular stretching and strengthening exercises -- so that your muscles, ligaments, and tendons are strong and flexible enough to resist trauma. To prevent recurrent injury, ask your doctor or physical therapist for exercises designed to rehabilitate the muscles in the injured area.

    You may benefit from a brace to protect the area while you are recovering from a recent injury. Use a brace for only a short period, because your muscles can get used to the support from the brace and weaken over time. If you're overweight, ask about an appropriate diet and exercise program to get closer to your ideal weight.

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    Understanding Sprains and Strains -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    Sprains and strains, from twisted ankles to aching backs, are among the most common injuries. A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments, the tough, fibrous bands of tissue that connect bones to one another at a joint. A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle tissue, commonly called a pulled muscle. To diagnose a sprain or strain, your doctor will take a detailed medical history and do a physical exam of the affected area. Often, the history and exam are all that's needed. If your doctor...

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    Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein, MD on March 18, 2015

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