An injury to a ligament is called a sprain, and an injury to muscle or tendon is called a strain. Sprains and strains may be caused by repetitive movements or a single stressful incident. Symptoms and signs include pain and swelling. Though treatment depends upon the extent and location of the injury, rest, ice, compression, and elevation are key elements of treatment. Read more: Sprains and Strains Article
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Treatment & Diagnosis
- Leg Pain
- Toe Pain
- Buttock Pain
- Hand Pain
- Finger Pain
- Abdominal Pain
- Joint Pain
- Arm Pain
- Groin Pain
- Wrist Pain
- Ankle Pain
- Stiff Neck
- Foot Pain
- Hip Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Joint Cracking (Joint Popping)
- Swollen Ankles and/or Swollen Feet
- Elbow Pain
- Chest Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Unsteady Gait
- Joint Stiffness
- Knee Pain
- Swollen Joints
- Heel Pain
- Neck Pain (Cervicalgia)
- Joint Redness
- Tightness in Chest
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- First Aid Fast Facts
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Medications & Supplements
- Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
- acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Ext, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain)
- naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprelan, Naprosyn)
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- ibuprofen (Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, and others)
- Cox-2 Inhibitors
- cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril, Amrix, Fexmid)
- Over-the-Counter Products
Prevention & Wellness
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- Health Tip: Ice Skate Safely
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- Surgeons Warn of Trampolines' Down Side
- Don't Let Summer Strain Your Back
- Health Tip: How to Spot a Sprained Neck
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- Health Tip: Signs of a Sprained Wrist
- Health Tip: Use Ice to Ease Ankle Sprain Pain
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- Timely Tips for Safe Snow Removal
- Health Tip: Avoid Straining Your Hip
- Health Tip: At Risk of a Sprained Ankle?
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- Health Tip: Did You Strain Your Hamstring?
- Sprained Ankle Could Pose Longer-Term Harms to Health
- Health Tip: Recognizing Ankle Sprain
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- Injuries From High Heels on the Rise
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- Health Tip: Signs That You've Sprained a Hip
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- Health Tip: Identify Symptoms of a Sprained Wrist
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