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Difference Between a Strain & Sprain SPRAINS
A sprain is an injury (a stretching or a tearing) to a ligament.
Sprains often occur during sports or recreational activities.
Sprains can occur in both the upper and lower parts of the body, but the most common site is the ankle.
The usual signs and symptoms of a sprain include pain, swelling, bruising, and the
loss of the ability to move and use the joint. STRAINS
A strain is caused by twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon.
An acute strain is caused by trauma or an injury, or by improperly lifting heavy objects, or overstressing the muscles.
A chronic strain is usually the result of overuse, prolonged, repetitive movement of the muscles and tendons.
The usual signs and symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, and muscle weakness. Other symptoms and signs may include localized swelling, cramping, or inflammation, and possibly some loss of muscle function with a minor or moderate strain. LifeART Collection Images Copyright © 1989-2001 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD