Sprains and Strains

Sprains and Strains Overview

A sprain is an injury to a ligament from stretching or a tearing. The severity of the pain will depend on the extent of injury to a single ligament. A tear can be partial or complete. More than one ligament can be injured during a sprain.

A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. Depending on the severity of the injury, a strain can be as simple as an overstretched muscle or tendon, or it can result in a partial or complete tear of the muscle or tendon.

Sprains and Strains may also be known as Muscle Pain, Pulled Muscle.

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Symptoms of Sprains and Strains

Signs and symptoms of sprains or strains can vary depending on the severity of the injury. The most common symptoms include:

  • Pain gets worse when doing activities (walking, running).
  • Pain
  • The site of pain looks swollen.
  • The site of pain is bruised.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Burning Sensation.
  • Hurts more when touched or pressed.
  • Limited range of motion
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Sprains and Strains Causes

The most common cause of sprains and strains are a result from:

  • Recent Injury or Fall.
  • Engage in too much or too strenuous exertion
  • Age in years.

Sprains and Strains Treatments

Most muscle sprains or strains can be treated from home. For severe pain that doesn't subside after a week or you can't move after rest a doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Home Remedy

  • Rest
  • Ice Packs
  • Non steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs help to relieve inflammation

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