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It Hurts. Did You Strain It or Sprain It?
Both strains and sprains hurt when you try to do normal activities like walking and bending—but they're actually injuries to different types of tissue in your body. Check with your doctor if you have questions or concernsStrains
Strains are muscle injuries.
They're also referred to as "pulled muscles." They occur when a muscle is stretched too far, too fast—causing a tear in the muscle and the tissue that supports the muscle.
Strains can feel like:
Sprains are stretched or torn ligaments (connections between bones).
They're caused by an extreme bend or twist of a joint—often a knee or ankle.
Sprains require rest, and sometimes need to be immobilized, in order to heal. If the pain, swelling, or disability is severe, you should see your doctor.
Treating Strains & Sprains
Treatment for both injuries is basically the same, though sprains may require longer rest, and possibly a doctor's attention.