(someone) sprained (a joint)

"Spraining" something like your ankle or wrist means that the ligaments (the fibers that connect muscles to bones) get stretched too much.

When you sprain a joint, it hurts and swells up. It usually heals within a few days if you rest and don't injure it again.

"Sprain" can also be used as a noun:

Sprains and muscle tears should be treated with rest and icing.

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