SprainsA sprain occurs when a ligament is torn or stretched. Ligaments are a muscle-like tissue that hold your bones together and allow them to move. Sprains can happen during exercise, sports or other physical activity with a fall or other form of impact.
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A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament - the band of connective tissues that joins the end of one bone to another. Sprains are usually caused by a fall or blow that knocks a joint out of place and, in some cases, tears the supporting ligaments. Sprains also can be caused by twisting the ligament. Ankles, knees, wrists and sometimes backs and shoulders are the parts of your body you are most likely to sprain.