Muscular Sprains and Strains

Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains are similar injuries that are often confused. A Sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect one bone to another in your joints. Common locations for sprains occur in the ankle and the knee. A Strain is a stretch or tear of a tendon or muscle. Tendons are cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones in your body. Common locations for strains occur in the low back or hamstrings. With both injuries, you may experience pain, swelling, and bruising. With a sprain, you may also have difficulty moving the joint. Many individuals also report hearing a “pop” with a sprained ligament. With a strain, you may have pain using the injured muscle and can experience muscle spasms in the region. If you believe yourself, a friend, or family member may have a Sprain or Strain, or if you have more questions regarding either, please don’t hesitate to talk with one of our Physical Therapists or Athletic Trainer at First Choice Physical Therapy.