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The Difference Between Sprains and Strains - RightAsRain

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BY ROSE HOONAN

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How to heal that nagging muscle injury
  • Sprains and strains involve damage to ligaments and muscles.
  • These types of injuries are categorized into three “grades” defined by the severity of muscle fiber damage.
  • Mild sprains and strains can be treated at home, but you should see a doctor for more severe injuries.
  • To reduce pain and speed healing, rest your injury and treat it with ice, compression and elevation.
  • Physical therapy exercises can strengthen your muscles to prevent re-injury.

There you were, crushing that at-home workout, when ouch — your hamstring did not like all those jumping lunges. This is not your standard sore muscle feeling, but a pain that leaves you limping the next morning.

A quick Google search of your symptoms leads down a rabbit hole of muscle injury jargon: sprains, strains, tears … the list goes on. What’s the difference?

“A sprain refers to a ligament injury, which is a bone to bone tissue connection,” explains Catherine Braden, a physical therapist at UW Medicine Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium. “The term strain refers to a muscle or tendon injury. Tears can occur in a muscle, tendon or ligament.”

Muscle injury grades

Because these terms can be difficult to differentiate, doctors often categorize muscle and ligament injuries into three grades bucketed by the severity of muscle fiber damage...

Source: The Difference Between Sprains and Strains — and When to Go to the Doctor - RightAsRain


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