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Prognosis

The degree of recovery depends on the severity of the sprain and the age and health of the patient. Most people recover completely from sprains, especially Grade I and Grade II sprains. However, once a significant sprain occurs, the joint may never be as strong as it was before the injury. With appropriate rehabilitative exercises, some of this lost strength and stability may return.

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