Sprains and Strains Directory
A sprain occurs when a ligament stretches or tears. A strain is a stretch or tear in a muscle or tendon. Both injuries are painful and occur often at work or in sports. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how sprains and strains are caused, symptoms of strains and sprains, treatments, prevention, and much more.
Ankle Sprain vs. Broken Ankle
You may not be able to tell the difference between an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture by their symptoms alone. To get the right treatment, it’s important to know which injury you have.
Symptoms of Golfer’s Elbow
Golfer’s elbow causes pain and inflammation in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. Learn more about the symptoms from WebMD.
Did I Sprain My Finger? What Does It Feel Like?
If you hurt your hand in a sports game or fall, you may be noticing pain or swelling in one of your fingers. But is the injury a sprain? Learn how to spot the signs of a finger sprain and treat your symptoms.
Understanding Sprains and Strains
What’s the difference between a strain and a sprain, and how are each treated? Learn more about these common injuries.
Mark McGwire, First Base for the St. Louis Cardinals
A strained back is the aggravation and inflammation of muscles and tendons in the back.
Pull Your Thigh Muscle? Treatment Tips for a Quad Strain
What it means to strain or tear your quadricep and how to get back in the game.
Can You Really Overstretch?
Stretching before a workout is good right? But can overstretching cause muscle damage?
Prevent High Ankle Sprains
Strength and flexibility training to help you avoid a high ankle sprain, a common injury in athletes.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Brace Yourself. Do You Need To?
Find out when and how to use over-the-counter support braces.
Slideshow: Surprising Reasons You're in Pain
Phones, wallets, sandals, babies, your sofa – even favorite foods - are overlooked causes of pain. Pictures illustrate these pain triggers and smarter habits to avoid the pain.
Ankle (Human Anatomy): Image, Function, Conditions, & More
WebMD talks about the anatomy of the ankle, including an image and conditions that affect the ankle.