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Sprain injuries can last for few days to few weeks depending on the location of the injury, the severity of injury/inflammation.
The symptoms is majorly pain and swelling. Restriction of the joint movements due to pain occurs. One can also notice local rise in the temperature at the area of inflammation compared to the normal area. Often, its difficult to differentiate between a sprain injury
and a fractured bone, hence your doctor can ask for Xray.
Any activity involving the affected joint needs to be avoided, untill there is complete recovery. Walking/bearing weight on the affected limb is to be restricted if the sprain is involving the lower limbs
The treatment protocol is icing therapy, compressions with the use of splints/ wraps /supports/braces, antiinflammatory drugs, and rest.
Massaging in an acutely inflammed ligaments can worsen inflammation, thereby increasing the symptoms and time of recovery, hence its definitely contraindicated.