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What are the differences between a muscle sprain and a strain?

What are the differences between a muscle sprain and a strain?

Joints can sprain: A muscle "strain" is when muscle fibers get stretched too far and/or some fibers tear. People generally call it a tear if enough fibers break, leading to some bleeding and swelling inside the muscle, resolving later with some healed scar tissue and some tightness in the area (less elastic). A joint sprains when its ligaments (whitish fibers) are stretched too far and break. Muscles don't "sprain". ...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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What is the difference between the neck pain in meningitis and a simple muscle strain?

What is the difference between the neck pain in meningitis and a simple muscle strain?

Tension signs: With meningitis one also sees a positive kernig sign. The patient is on their back and the leg is lifted up and straightened. This stretches the dura. If it is inflammed from meningitis lifting the the leg will cause neck pain while in a neck strain it should not. If there is fever, chills, light sensitivity oyou would also suspect meningitis. If present take this person to the er. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprain and a pulled muscle? Which is worse?

What is the difference between a sprain and a pulled muscle? Which is worse?

Sprain or strain: A sprain is considered to be an injury to a ligament. This can be a stretching, partial tearing or complete tear. A pulled muscle or strain is an injury to a muscle. Again this can be a pulled muscle, a partial tear or a completely torn variety. Which is Worse? Pick the tendon. Pick the muscle. Pick the degree of injury. Go on pick them. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

What are the differences between a rib fracture, muscle strain, and bruise?

Similar pain: All three of these injuries can have a similar presentation of chest wall pain and pain with movement and expansion i the rib cage. The difference may come in the mechanism of injury and recovery time. A rib fracture and bruise can take 4-6 weeks to full recover while a muscle strain could heal quicker. A x-ray can locate a fracture but treatment is similar. Assure good deep breaths and rest. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a pulled muscle and a strained muscle?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a pulled muscle and a strained muscle?

Nothing: Strained muscle can be in different degrees of severity. Pulled muscle would be the common name for strained muscle. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

What is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? Difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

See below: A strained tendon is just that, it has been stretched passed its normal length. Atorn tendon is an actual tear in the body of the tendon. Symptoms are similiar, swelling pain, instabitlity. Treatments are similar with rest and immobilization and possible surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a pulled muscle and a torn muscle ?

What is the difference between a pulled muscle and a torn muscle ?

No difference: Both are strains which is an injury to the muscle. Note that a sprain is something different in that it is an injury to a ligament. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a sprain and a strain in a leg?

What's the difference between a sprain and a strain in a leg?

Stretch or tear: A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament that gives stability to a joint and a strain is a stretch or tear of a muscle/tendon unit, muscle or tendon (a tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone) which in most instances causes motion at a joint. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and strain?

What is the difference between a lumbar stress fracture and strain?

Bone and soft tissue: Fractures are breaks or cracks in bones whereas soft tissue structures like ligaments, tendons and muscles are what strain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a ligament tear or pulled muscle?

What is the difference between a ligament tear or pulled muscle?

Different structures: A ligament attaches between bones, and produces stability. Examples are acls and ankle ligaments. So a ligament tear produces instability. A muscle pull is tearing of muscle or tendons (which attaches muscles to bones) and produces weakness. Tendons are often repaired (such as hand tendons and rotator cuff tendons) while ligaments are often reconstructed (such as acls and ankles). ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a muscle strain and sprain? what is the treatment for both? I injured my thigh muscle working out.

Difference: A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A strain is an injury to a muscle and/or tendons. Rest, ice, compression and elevation are used to address both types of injuries(for the most part.) But the nuance of treatment really depends on the exact nature of your injury. ...Read more

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What is the difference between musvle strain and muscle knot? What would symptoms of the two be?

What is the difference between musvle strain and muscle knot? What would symptoms of the two be?

Muscle: Strain suggest pulling a muscle beyond its capabilities of extension (pull) while a knot suggest a tired, "bunched up" muscle that is contracted. One fills like a lump. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a herniated disk and a pulled muscle?

Both can be painful: But a pulled muscle is a tearing of the actual muscle fibers and will heal within 6 weeks and not cause any neurologic or nerve findings while a disc herniation is a tearing of the outer coating of the disc with a piece of the disc shifting its position out of its normal place which can lead to muscular pain or even compress nerve tissue leading to neurologic findings with most healing over time. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a hamstring strain and fatigued muscles?

Strain is an injury: Muscle fatigue occurs with working out. A strain is an injury to the muscle when the fibers stretch beyond their physiologic limits. Generally, muscle strains heal in a few weeks, and physical therapy can hasten healing. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a muscle spasm and a muscle cramp?

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Spasm vs cramp: Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously. A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." if the muscle maintains a sustained "spasm", it becomes a cramp, as can be seen with exercise. The muscle cramp is thus an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that does not relax despite our desire to relax the muscle. ...Read more

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A muscle, hernia or a compressed fracture. What is the difference between these 3?

A muscle, hernia or a compressed fracture. What is the difference between these 3?

Hernia fracture musc: A hernia is an outpouching of a body part (such as a disc). A muscle is material that is innervating by nerves and gives us strength and power; a fracture is a break in a structure such as a bone. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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