January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p2056
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Several references of the term "sprain," including "ankle sprain," "back sprain" and "foot sprain" are presented. It refers to trauma to ligaments that causes pain and disability depending on the degree of injury to the ligaments. The symptoms include: heat, discoloration and localized swelling in the affected area. It can be initially treated with ice or other cooling agents to limit inflammation and hypoxic injury.


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