A sprain is a common injury which can happen to anyone undertaking physical activity. The term ‘sprain’ implies a stretch or tear to a ligament, which is the tissue that holds bones together.


  • Pain or discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Restriction of movement in the area of injury
  • Bruising or discolouration of the area


Though potentially very painful, a sprain can easily heal with rest and (if necessary) anti-inflammatory medication. It is also possible to manage any discomfort or pain with ordinary painkillers.

What is the most common type of sprain?

The most common sprain injury is a sprained or ‘twisted’ ankle (see below).

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