When you think you have a sprain or a strain, the amount of pain you feel with either condition can be virtually identical. Oftentimes the only way to find out what you have is to see an orthopedic specialist.
Our Approach to Sprain and Strain Diagnosis
What’s a sprain?
Sprains are a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A ligament is the tissue that connects two bones together and helps to 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.