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.
The Basics of Sprains and Strains
WebMD's guide to sprains and strains.
Symptoms of Sprains and Strains
WebMD explains the symptoms of sprains and strains.
How to Prevent Sprains and Strains
WebMD tells you how to prevent sprains and strains.
Treatment of Sprains and Strains
WebMD explains the diagnosis and treatment of 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.
Shaquille O'Neal, Kristen Clement, Mateen Cleaves
After clinching the best record for the season on April 5 by scoring 49 points against the Warriors -- and assuring the Lakers home court advantage in the playoffs -- O'Neal's left ankle flared up.
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Repetitive Strain Injury
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 60% of all work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) actually occur in manufacturing and so-called manual handling jobs.
Slideshows & Images
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.
Brace Yourself. Do You Need To?
Find out when and how to use over-the-counter support braces.