fractures, sprains and strains
Sprains occur when ligaments, which connect bone to bone, tear or stretch. Often, this happens when a joint is knocked out of position. Strains are muscle and tendon injuries. Tendons connect muscle and bone. These injuries may occur from overuse, extreme stretching or too much muscle contraction. Treatment for both conditions is similar. Mild cases respond well to rest, icing, compression and elevation. Severe cases may need surgery or immobilization followed by rehabilitation.