To sprain one of your joints is to twist it suddenly. The result is a sprain, in which the ligaments have been injured. Don’t go hiking in high heels because you might sprain your ankle.

A sprain — which occurs at joints such as the wrist, elbow, or knee — happens when the ligaments are turned quickly and painfully. After the initial pain, a sprain will swell up. Spraining something is difficult, but things could be worse — a sprained knee will heal quicker than a broken bone.

Definitions of sprain

v twist suddenly so as to sprain

“the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell”
rick, turn, twist, wrench, wrick
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

n a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments

Type of:
pull, twist, wrench
a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

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