Definition A sprain is an injury to the ligaments around a joint. Ligaments are strong, flexible fibers that hold bones together. When a ligament is stretched too far or tears, the joint will become painful and swell. Alternative Names Joint sprain Considerations Causes Sprains are caused when a joint is forced to move into an unnatural position. For example, "twisting" one's ankle causes a sprain to the ligaments around the ankle.
If you hang around a gym or any type of venue where sports, exercise or physical training take place, or even if you're just a sports enthusiast excited about the start of football season or the baseball post-season, it's not uncommon to hear that someone "strained or sprained" something. "Wide receiver X will be out for at least four games with a sprained knee ligament." "Outfielder Y will be on the 15 day disabled list with a strained hamstring." It often means sitting on the sidelines or lightening up on your workout routine for a while. But what are sprains and strains? Are they the same thing? Are they serious? And what can I do to treat and/or avoid them?
In order to understand what they are, we need a little primer on muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Simply put, humans are able to move because we have bones throughout our bodies. These bones are attached to other bones via muscles and tendons. The muscles are what contract to move bones like a lever and pulley sy...
Can you please tell me why my temples throb all the time,even without headache? jbw.
No, we really can't tell you why your temples throb. That requires diagnosis, which can only be done in person following a review of your history and a full examination. Sometimes, high blood pressure can cause a sensation of throbbing at the temples, but you really need to see your doctor about this .
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