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Strains And Sprains: What’s The Difference?

Strains and Sprains: What’s the Difference?

Q. What’s the difference between a strain and a sprain?

A. Although the soft-tissue injuries sound alike and can cause many of the same symptoms, the difference between a strain and a sprain is the part of the body affected.

A strain involves injury to either a muscle or a tendon, which is a strong fibrous band that links muscle to bone.

A sprain occurs when you stretch or tear a ligament, also a fibrous band of tissue, but one that connects two bones to each other. A fall is a common cause of a sprain, often affecting the ankle….

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