What is the Difference Between Sprains and Strains?

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on What is the Difference Between Sprains and Strains?

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shutterstock_32372671It’s about that time where a lot of us emerge from hibernation and get back into shape. Maybe you have have already brought out the bicycle for the first ride of the season? Or started some house cleaning, decluttering or home improvements? How many of you have started hitting the gym or joined a sports league?

As we get active again, we sometimes will overdo it and get injured. I’m a shining example of this having played my first volleyball game after a very long break from the sport. I had so much fun, I played hard like it was playoff season. Over the next 2 days, I paid the price with many body aches and pains. Some of you may have already experienced this, yes?

Maybe you’ve been wondering if there’s an easy way to distinguish between different injuries. For example, is it actually a muscle in pain or something else?  What does a chiropractor mean when they say a strain or a sprain, and how is that different than a pull or a tear? What’s the chiropractor’s perspective on this?

While a chiropractor knows best if you’re dealing with a strain or a sprain, there are some simple things to know.

shutterstock_5343262A strain is an injury of a muscle or the tendon that attaches a muscle to the bone. This is usually the same as saying a pull or a tear. In reality a strain involves varying degrees of tearing of the tissues (microscopic, a partial tear of some of the fibres, or a full tear across all the fibres).

A sprain is an injury to the ligaments that attach bones to bone. It can also be an injury to a joint between two bones.

Both sprains and strains can feel similar so usually some additional checks by a chiropractor are needed to know if it’s a muscle, tendon, ligament or joint that is injured – or a combination.

Do you have any questions about your injury? Or sprains and strains in general? Please chat with me on Twitter or Facebook!

Yours in health,
Dr. Leo
The chiropractor without the crunch

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