• Sprain vs. Strain

    Foot sprain

    Sprains and strains are common sports injuries. A sprain is an injury to a ligament in your body. Ligaments are strong, fibrous bands of tissue that connect adjacent bones, particularly in your joints. Partial or even complete tears can occur, destabilizing your joint and causing pain, swelling, and bruising. In cases of severe sprain, the joint may loosen and become unusable without proper orthopedic care. A strain affects either a muscle or a tendon. Like ligaments, tendons are fibrous tissues, but they connect muscle to bone. If the fibers of either a muscle or a tendon become damaged or torn, it is called a strain. Strains can cause pain, spasms or cramps in the muscles, weakness, and inflammation. While mild and moderate sprains and strains are treated with rest and rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery may be required to repair severely torn tissues.

    Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine’s newest sports medicine specialist, Dr. David Toturgul, M.D. , can help you recover from a sprain, strain, or other sports injury. You can schedule a visit to our Forest Hills clinic by calling (866) 650-8063. Please click through our website to find more information and sports safety tips.