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The following are the most common symptoms of a sprain or strain. However, each person may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
Pain in the injured area (The patient typically may guard or protect this area from being touched or looked at.)
Swelling in the injured area
Difficulty using or moving the injured area in a normal manner (The patient may have limited use or may not use the injured area at all. The patient may walk with a limp if the injury occurred in the hip, leg, ankle, or foot area.)
Warmth, bruising, or redness in the injured area
The symptoms of a sprain or strain may resemble other conditions. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.