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sprain and strain - what is the difference and treating methods please?

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Dr. Naresh Rao
23 years experience Sports Medicine
Different structures: A sprain is an injury to a ligament. A strain is an injury to tendon or muscle generally. Ligaments need time to heal so they may need bracing and rest while maintaining good range of motion. Tendons or muscles need time to heal but also later in the rehab course need strengthening to recover it normal function.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Jordan Steinberg
13 years experience Podiatry
Sprain: A sprain is usually due to an injury to a ligament while a strain is usually due to an injury from a muscle. The treatments are very similar and they include rest, ice, compression, elevation.
Answered on Apr 26, 2014
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