Georgiy Sekretaryuk
December 15, 2016
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The Difference Between a Strain and a Sprain

What is the difference between a strain and a sprain?

A strain and a sprain are two types of injuries involving two different structures and I’m here to help you understand the differences between these two types of injuries.

What is a sprain:

  • A sprain is an injury to the ligament. A ligament is a band of fibrous tissue that connects bone to bone and forms what we call a joint. The role of a ligament is to provide stability and support to the joint.
  • Sprains commonly occur in the ankle (by roll your ankle) or in your knee (by planting your foot and twisting/pivoting or having a force applied to your knee).

What is a strain:

  • A strain is an injury to the muscle/tendon.  A muscle attaches to its tendon which then attaches to the bone, contraction of a muscle produces movement of the joint. A stress to a muscle can cause a tear to the muscle fibers or at the muscle tendon junction.
  • Strains can occur during running, jumping, kicking, throwing and commonly occur in the hamstrings, quadriceps, and calf.

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