Sprains and Strains Is that pain you’re feeling a sprain or a strain? Telling the difference can be difficult. The amount of pain can be virtually equal, and oftentimes the only way to find out what you have is to see an orthopedic specialist. What’s a sprain? Sprains are a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A ligament is the tissue that connects two bones and help support your body’s joints. A sprain occurs from an injury that stresses a joint and overstretches, or even ruptures, supporting ligaments. This can happen from a fall, twist or traumatic blow to the body. And what about a strain? Strains are a twist, pull and/or tear of a muscle and/or tendon. Tendons are the cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Chronic strains are a result of overuse of muscles and tendons through prolonged, repetitive motion. For example, carrying a heavy backpack over one shoulder each day could cause a strain. To schedule an appointment at one of our South Jersey facilities, call 1-800-INSPIRA. Why Choose Inspira? All the Expertise You Need We see patients across the full care spectrum when it comes to their orthopedic health. Some patients are looking for a diagnosis, while others are ready to begin treatment. Then there’s those who come to us for a second, or even a third, opinion. We’ll see you through to the finish, no matter where you’re starting from. Respected Orthopedic Services Our award-winning and state-of-the-art surgical facilities across South Jersey have received national recognition for orthopedic care and are staffed with fellowship-trained surgeons to guide you on your road to recovery.