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h A strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon attachment Strained joints can function but only with pain The body parts that are involved are muscles tendons and any ligament attached to any joint Ligaments are the fibrous elastic connective bands that attach bone to bone tendons connect muscle to bone There is no one sex that can get this both can Any age can too Signs and symptoms are pain or tenderness in the area of injury severity varies with the extent of injury Swelling of the affected joint Redness or bruising in the area of injury either immediately or several hours after injury Loss of normal mobility in the injured joint Causes of strains are associated with overuse injuries The ankle is injured most often because of its weakness its exposed position and the stress it sustains in athletic and recreational activities The risks of getting or having a strain are Trauma Excessive exercise poor conditioning obesity Poor fitting shoes and high heeled shoes High risk activities skateboarding contact sports ice and roller skating Ways to prevent getting this kind of injury are to maintain good level of physical fitness Wrap weak joints with support bandages before hard activity Stretch muscles before and after exercise Strengthen weak muscles with exercises to prevent a recurrence Some health care you can use if you get one of these kind of injuries are self-care if the injury is not severe Doctors treatment if the joint cannot move or bear weight normally Surgery may be necessary to repair badly torn ligaments There could be possible complications with this injury There could be permanent weakness if the strain is severe or if a joint is strained repeatedly Some at home treatments can be rice therapy-rest ice compression and elevation Apply ice to the injured joint during the first 24 hours Place ice in a plastic bag and separate it from
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