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

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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How soon after a muscle strain or sprain can I begin exercising?

How soon after a muscle strain or sprain can I begin exercising?

Full motion- no pain: Muscle control motion across joints. A strain represents a local injury to part or all of a muscle belly. Motion is usually somewhat limited after a significant strain due to pain with stretching of the injured muscle belly. Once the strained muscle is painfree to touch (palpation) and the arc of motion controlled by the injured muscle returns to normal, you can begin exercising that muscle group. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle about a year an a half ago. It is still bothering me. The doctor I went to today said it was a muscle strain. Isn't that too long ?

I sprained my ankle about a year an a half ago. It is still bothering me. The doctor I went to today said it was a muscle strain. Isn't that too long ?

Follow up.: Muscle strains usually shouldn't last more than 2 weeks. If they do further workup with imaging that includes x-rays, MRIs, can help. Orthopedic surgeon, and physical therapy options are also available. Most commonly after trauma, arthritis is usually a complication that is chronic in nature. X-rays can usually identify this cause. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a muscle sprain and a muscle strain? I've been using ibuprofen and heat (my quad) - any other advice?

What is the difference between a muscle sprain and a muscle strain? I've been using ibuprofen and heat (my quad) - any other advice?

Ligament vs tendon: A sprain is tearing or stretching a ligament (connects bone to bone) or joint capsule, when a joint is forced beyond its normal range of motion. A strain is tearing or stretching a tendon or muscle structure (connects muscle to bone). Initial treatment is rest, ice, compression, elevation (rice). After 24-48 hours heat can relax muscle spasm. Rehab is important to maintain strength & flexibility. ...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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How can you tell the difference between a blood clot and a muscle strain when you have mild calf pain?

Calf pain: Strain is usually caused my a history of trauma. Very localized tenderness and swelling.Blood clots in the calf typically present with widespread swelling ,tenderness, increase in pain with squeezing the whole calf but can only be diagnosed by testing. Currently tested by a Doppler study. Many times the calf pain produced by a clot increases with time. ...Read more

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Lower back pain. How to tell the difference between muscle strain n slipped lumbar disc?

Lower back pain. How to tell the difference between muscle strain n slipped lumbar disc?

One can cause other: it is kind of you should be called instability, which can cause a muscle strain. We call that muscle guarding in the osteopathic world. The way to really differentiate a problem from a discrimination, use when the disc is pressing on the nerve causing shooting pain down the leg. This is when its a surgical problem. When the pain is on the back, even if there was a disk involve, it is non surgical. ...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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How long should someone exercise after a muscle sprain?

Let pain subside: I have to only assume you meant how long should you wait before exercising after a muscle sprain. It is best to wait the the pain is almost completely is resolved. If you start exercising too soon, you at risk of aggravating your injury even more. ...Read more

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Can stretching help reduce muscle strain?

Can stretching help reduce muscle strain?

Absolutely: Proper warmup and stretching should be part of your excercise regimen. ...Read more

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How to cure acute muscle strain without meds?

Easy: hot and cold water. Repeated change. works for me and a lot of other people I know. The secret is very cold and very hot. From my point of view. But there may be better ways. Good luck ...Read more

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How long can an interior muscle strain last for?

Depends: Muscle strains are small tears in the muscle. They take 6 weeks to heal, but can take longer if you continue to stretch or tear the area. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the symptoms of muscle strain?

What can I do to relieve the symptoms of muscle strain?

Ice and advil (ibuprofen): The best treatment is prevention which would be proper warm up and stretching prior to vigorous excercise. If a strain occurs ice, rest and advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more

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How do I determine if I have a right quadricep muscle sprain?

How do I determine if I have a right quadricep muscle sprain?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What are the presenting symptoms that can manifest after muscle strain?

Swelling,pain,bruisi: Swelling, tenderness, bruising, localized pain, limping, etc. ...Read more

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What can you do to alleviate pain if you have a muscle strain in your back?

What can you do to alleviate pain if you have a muscle strain in your back?

Muscle strain: If no allergies, temporary relief if you use local muscle rub cream & anti-inflammatory agents, & if persist, consult your doctor. ...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