A sprain is a wrenching or twisting injury or tear to a ligament. Sprains often affect the ankles, knees, or wrists.
What is a strain?
A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, and is often caused by overuse, force, or stretching.
What are the symptoms of a sprain or strain?
The following are the most common symptoms of a sprain or strain. However, each child may
experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
pain in the injured area (The child typically may guard or protect this area from being touched or looked at.)
swelling in the injured area
difficulty using or moving the injured area in a normal manner (The child may have limited use or may not use the injured area at all. The child may walk with a limp if the injury occurred in the hip, leg, ankle, or foot area.)
warmth, bruising, or redness in the injured area
The symptoms of a sprain or strain may resemble other conditions. Always consult your child’s physician for a diagnosis.
Treatment for sprains or strains:
Specific treatment for a sprain or strain will be determined by your child’s physician based on:
your child’s age, overall health, and medical history
extent of the injury
child’s tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies