What’s The Difference Between A Sprain And A Strain?

MUSCLE STRAIN OR SPRAIN?

A strain is an injury to a muscle or a tendon. A tendon is a band of fibrous, connective tissue that connects muscle to bone.

Strains vary in intensity, from mild to moderate, to severe. Severe strains are very painful, and can be disabling.  

Returning to activity too soon, can delay the healing of a muscle strain.

MUSCLE STRAIN SYMPTOMS

You can’t use the muscle

♦ You feel pain when you try to use the muscle

♦ The muscle feels weak

♦ You feel pain while you rest

♦ The muscle show signs of swelling, bruising, or redness

MUSCLE STRAIN PREVENTION

Practice daily stretching after exercise

♦ Warm up before you exercise with light cardio work

♦ Avoid over-exercising

A SPRAIN HAPPENS TO LIGAMENTS

A sprain is a partial or complete tear of a ligament.  A ligament connects bone to bone.  One or more ligaments can be injured at the same time.

SYMPTOMS OF LIGAMENT SPRAIN

In the picture below, ligaments are shown in red.

♦ Pain

♦ Swelling

♦ Bruising

♦ You can’t move the affected joint

♦ A popping sound is heard when a ligament snaps


Irene Pastore, is a Certified Personal Trainer, fitness blogger, health educator, and speaker. She has 23 years experience teaching exercise in New York City..  To read her complete bio, visit the About Page.  

Posted on April 8, 2021, in Exercise Injury Prevention, Fitness Topic, Sports Injuries & Fatalities and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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