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How can I tell if my back pain is a sprain, strain, or a pulled muscle?

How can I tell if my back pain is a  sprain, strain, or a pulled muscle?

Length of time: Strain or sprains get better in 4-6 weeks. More serious pain persists longer or goes down the leg. If that is occuring seek consultation with a spine expert. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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Which is worse: a sprain or a strain?

Sprain: A sprain is considered worse and there can be more soft tissue damage ...Read more

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Whats the difference betewn a sprain and strain?

Whats the difference betewn a sprain and strain?

Ligament vs. tendon: A sprain is an injury (partial tear/stretch) to a ligament. A ligament connects a bone to a bone. A strain is a similar injury but to a muscle or tendon. A tendon connects a muscle to a bone. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on which is worse a strain or a sprain?

Any suggestions on which is worse a strain or a sprain?

Don't strain: A strain is injury to a muscle or tendon or both. A sprain is injury to a ligament. Either can be bad. It just depends on the type of injury sustained and your ability to recover. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I was a firefighter/paramedic for 10 years- multiple back strains/sprains. Is it more likely ill feel labor in my back?

I was a firefighter/paramedic for 10 years- multiple back strains/sprains. Is it more likely ill feel labor in my back?

No: As long as you have no chronic, ongoing issues and are staying in shape in terms of your weight and regular exercise as well as not smoking, you are not at any higher risk. ...Read more

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Sprained both ankles a few months back and didn't do much to cure. Why do they hurt on top is it strain as I'm go go all day?

Sprained both ankles a few months back and didn't do much to cure. Why do they hurt on top is it strain as I'm go go all day?

Be seen: If you are still having trouble with your feet months after "spraining" them, you may want to be seen and examined to make sure it was not more serious of an injury. ...Read more

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How are hip muscle strains or sprains treated?

How are hip muscle strains or sprains treated?

Conservatively: Active rest and recovery, ice, compression, gentle stretching anti inflammatory medication, massage possibly..Etc. ...Read more

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What are the degrees of sprains and strains?

What are the degrees of sprains and strains?

1,2,3: First degree sprain - is a tear of only a few fibers of the ligament. Second degree sprain - is a tear of part of a ligament, from a third to almost all its fibers. Third degree sprain - is a complete tear of the ligament. (source :wikipedia). ...Read more

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What are the best ways to treat sprains and strains?

What are the best ways to treat sprains and strains?

Usually RICE: I would recommend a combination of rest ice, compression and elevation depending on the severity of the injury it can take from 2-6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Are sprains and strains the same thing or different?

Are sprains and strains the same thing or different?

Different: They are different. Sprains affect ligaments and connective tissue. Strains affect muscles. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Sprains and strains?

What is the definition or description of: Sprains and strains?

Sprains & strains-: -R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, long lasting & no-normal. ...Read more

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What herbs are good for healing sprains and strains?

Arnica & Rutin: If you have sprains and strains then you may benefit from using two natural herbal remedies. Arnica is good for swelling and pain and healing. It comes at a pill and as a gel to rub on the areas. Rutin is good for bruising. You can find both at the health food store. Make sure you check to see if they interact with any of your prescription medications before taking them. ...Read more

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Will epsom salt really work when you have sprains and strains?

Will epsom salt really work when you have sprains and strains?

no: Epsom salts would have no effect on screens or sprains. Ice or moist heat which ever feels better and anti-inflammatories would help. ...Read more

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Is it safe to see a chiropractic after a bad car wreck with multiple sprains and strains?

Is it  safe to see a chiropractic after a bad car wreck with multiple sprains and strains?

Maybe: Make sure there are no serious structural issues first. X-rays or possible even ct or MRI scans may be needed first. ...Read more

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How to know if i sprain or strain my thigh?

How to know if i sprain or strain my thigh?

What was your injury: What was your injury mechanism? Thigh 'strains' are fairly common and can occur w/ eccentric contractions of the muscle (abnormal pull which partially tears the muscle belly).Orthopedically, 'strains ' are usually used in lay terms for 'pulled' muscles while 'sprains' is a lay term usually reserved for partially 'torn ' ligaments( MCL of knee, for example) or tendons(Achilles, hamstring, etc,).GL! ...Read more

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What's the difference between sprains and strains?

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 one bone to another. Both can range from mild (like a stretch with mild injury and pain) to severe (complete tear that might need surgery). See your doctor if you have severe pain, weakness, instability, swelling or an injury that doesn't heal. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more