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what is the difference between sprains and strains?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
21 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Similar, but diff: A sprain is an injury involving the stretching or tearing of a ligament or a joint capsule. Sprains occur when a joint is forced beyond its normal range of motion, such as turning or rolling your ankle. Strains are injuries that involve the stretching or tearing of muscle and/or tendon. Strains take place when a muscle is overstretched suddenly, such as pulling a hamstring.
Answered on Jan 2, 2014
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