You’ve likely heard of sprains, and you have likely heard of strains, but do you know the difference between the two? A lot of people get them confused. If you live an active lifestyle or care for children, chances are you have experienced a sprain or strain.

The Difference Between a Sprain and Strain

What is a sprain?

Sprains occur when you overstretch or tear a ligament in your joints. Ligaments are the areas that join the end of one bone to another. They can be found in areas such as your ankles, wrists, knees, and shoulders.

Sprains are usually caused by trauma. Some examples of this trauma includes:

  • Falling and landing on an outstretched arm
  • Sliding into a base
  • Jumping up and landing on the side of your foot
  • Running on an uneven surface
  • Landing on unstable footing and rolling your ankle

What is a strain?

A strain is an injury of a muscle or tendon. Tendons are the fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to bone. Strains are usually caused by overuse of muscles and tendons without properly warming up. This can be avoided by strengthening the muscles and tendons in the most affected areas, such as the ankles and wrist.

Strains and sprains are common injuries that can happen through everyday activities. It’s important to allow the affected areas to heal completely before engaging in any strenuous activities.

Stop by Las Vegas Urgent Care today and seek immediate attention for any injury or illness. We are dedicated to getting you back to your normal healthy state to resume normal activities as soon as possible.

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