Sprains Strains

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Sprains vs Strains

Sprains and strains are very common injuries with similar signs and symptoms. So what’s the difference?


A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments. Ligaments are strong connective tissue that attach bone to bone. Ligaments assist in joint stability and both simple and complex motions throughout the body. The most common sprains occur in the ankles, knees, and wrists.


A strain is a stretching or tearing of a tendon or muscle. Tendons are fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bone and aid in bone and joint movement. Strains most often occur in the lower back and hamstring muscles.


Both sprains and strains are initially treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. More severe sprains and strains may require surgery to repair the torn ligament, tendon, or muscle.

Strain vs Sprain

Image describing the difference between a strain and a sprain.









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