How do I know if I have a sprain or a strain?

Sprains and strains are both very common injuries that have similar signs and symptoms, but are very different in location.  Sprains involve ligaments that attach bone to bone at a joint.  A ligament is a tough fibrous band that can be stretched or torn by an accident or injury.  The most common sprain involves the ankle, and is typically treated non-surgically.  

A strain involves the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon.  This commonly occurs in the low back or hamstring.  

How can Fort Wayne Physical Medicine help with a sprain or strain?

Acute sprain and strain injuries are managed with rest, ice, compression and elevation.  Anti-inflammatories can help relieve pain and swelling.  With more severe injuries, physical therapy may be indicated.  Rarely surgery may be necessary if the muscle or ligament is ruptured.


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