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difference between ankle sprain and ankle strain

A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Boris Aronzon
23 years experience in Anesthesiology
Back pain: There are many causes of back pain: strain, arthritis, herniated disk, sciatica , kidney stones or infection, shingles, hip problems among many others ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Faramarz Hidaji
28 years experience in Cosmetic Surgery
Eye or Sinus: Does your eye look irritated or red, especially underneath the upper eyelid? If so, you may have a type of inflammatory surface reaction called superi ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
About the same: A twist is considered to be a mild strain where a sprain is more severe
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
No difference: Sprain by definition means torn or damaged ligaments. There are grades of sprains from mild stretching of ligaments to tearing to tearing of more tha ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
See below: A sprain is the over pulling of tendons & ligaments. A fracture is the breaking of a bone.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Bluman
22 years experience in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Ligament vs. tendon: Sprains are injuries to ligaments (tissues holding bones to other bones). These are injuries of the joint capsule. Tendonitis is a disorder of tendon ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Mund
45 years experience in Rheumatology
Huge: A fracture means a bone is broken. A sprain does not involve the bone but the soft tissues around the bones that support them - muscles tendons ligame ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
They are...: A fracture is a broken bone.A sprain is soft tissue damage, such as ligaments, muscle or tendons.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
25 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
See below: A sprain is a stretch injury to a ligament. A tear is a separation of the ligaments fibers. A broken knee is when the bone is damaged and there is a ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Separate structures: The acl is a ligament in the center of the knee that holds the knee together by preventing certain knee rotations and translations. The kneecap (or pa ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Source of pain: Osteoarthritis creates pain through inflammation of degenerative discs and joints of the spine while sprains /strains are typically soft tissue injuri ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Lots: Siatica is a band of pain that starts in your buttocks and radiates to your foot down the back of your leg a ligament sprain is a stretched or torn ba ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vadim Glukh
22 years experience in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Ankle is: "high" refers to the degree of the sprain, the severety, not the height.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
41 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
The difference.: Muscle strain will result in painful muscles to the touch and with movement of your joints. Ligament sprains result from trauma to a joint, and can be ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
To me the same: The result of both are the same. Twisted ankle use as layman term while sprain use as medical term.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Winters
35 years experience in Podiatry
Can be the same...: HI! An ankle sprain can be a varying degree of tendon or ligament damage. Usually, if a ligament is badly injured / damaged there will / can be excess ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience in Sports Medicine
Pain location/ xray: Obviously the precise location of the pain whether over the ligament or bone will help make the diagnosis but the key would be an xray which will sh ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
41 years experience in Podiatry
ANATOMY: Bone and ligament are two totally different things anatomically. Ligaments are soft tissue structures holding any two bones in place, like a piece of ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kornfeld
40 years experience in Podiatry
Ligament: The lateral collaterals are the ligaments that support the bones. The meniscus is the actual joint surface called cartilage.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
Yes: A strain is a pulling of the ankle ligaments. A dislocation usually involves tearing of the supportive ligaments and the talus being pulled out from ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Wallach
20 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ligament vs tendon: In general, strains are injuries to a muscle or tendon. A tendon connects the muscle to bone. A sprain is an injury to a ligament. Ligaments connect ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Gluck
38 years experience in Hand Surgery
Alot: While mechanisms of injury to these structures may be similar and in many cases treatment may be similar they are very distinct anatomically and in te ... Read More
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