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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?

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Dr. Lisa Hogan
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lisa Hogan
Dr. Lisa Hogan
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Both describe tissue injury by stretching beyond tensile limit deep tissue massage trigger point injection help patients sprain for ligaments , strain used for muscle tissue.

In brief: See below

Both describe tissue injury by stretching beyond tensile limit deep tissue massage trigger point injection help patients sprain for ligaments , strain used for muscle tissue.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sprain v strain

A sprain is damage to a ligament (holds 2 bones together) while a strain is damage to a muscle or tendon (holds bone to muscle).
Check out this site: http://sportsmedicine.About.Com/cs/injuries/a/sprains.Htm at the bottom of the site, there is a list of danger signs that should send you to the doctor. If they're not present, heat, rest, ibuprofen, and time will evenually help.

In brief: Sprain v strain

A sprain is damage to a ligament (holds 2 bones together) while a strain is damage to a muscle or tendon (holds bone to muscle).
Check out this site: http://sportsmedicine.About.Com/cs/injuries/a/sprains.Htm at the bottom of the site, there is a list of danger signs that should send you to the doctor. If they're not present, heat, rest, ibuprofen, and time will evenually help.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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