The most common causes of sprains are falling, twisting, or experiencing trauma to the joint. These types of injuries may cause the joint to move out of its normal range of movement, tearing or stretching the ligament as this happens.

Common causes

  • Ankle

Walking or exercising on an uneven surface, landing awkwardly from a jump

  • Knee

Pivoting during an athletic activity

  • Wrist

Landing on an outstretched hand during a fall

  • Thumb

Skiing injury or over extension when playing racquet sports, such as tennis

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