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what's the difference between a sprained muscle and a muscle that is tired from repetitive movement?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Cause: A "sprained" muscle has a tear while an overused on is just exhibiting its " tiredness.".

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