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.
An Overview of Groin Pulls
WebMD explains groin pulls, the overstretching or tearing of the muscles in your groin. Learn about diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of this sports-related injury.
Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
WebMD explains the causes, symptoms, and treatment of an injury to the PCL - or posterior cruciate ligament - a knee ligament.
An Overview of Wrist Sprain
WebMD explains wrist sprains, including their diagnosis, symptoms, and treatments.
The Basics of Sprains and Strains
WebMD's guide to sprains and strains.
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
Ankle (Human Anatomy): Image, Function, Conditions, & More
WebMD talks about the anatomy of the ankle, including an image and conditions that affect the ankle.
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.
Brace Yourself. Do You Need To?
Find out when and how to use over-the-counter support braces.