How to Recognize a Strain Versus a Sprain

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A sprain is an injury to the ligaments while a strain shows weakness in the muscle. Determine the difference between the two with the help of a fitness and nutrition educator in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Stacey Grant of Fabulouslyhealthyyou.com, and today I'd like to talk to you about the difference between a strain versus a sprain. You lift something, you tripped, you feel and there it is that pain. How do you tell the difference though between a strain versus a sprain? Well a sprain is an injury to the ligaments that connect your bones while a strain is usually an injury to a muscle. A strain is usually accompanied by weakness in the muscle, some tenderness, of course some pain and discomfort while a sprain is much more acute, lots of pain, lots of swelling and some loss of function as well. Examples of where you'd get a sprain versus a strain are in your wrist, you'd get a strain because it's connected by ligaments, in your knee you'd get a sprain because again it's connected by ligaments, in your ankle you'd get a sprain because it's connected by ligaments. A sprain would probably occur in your lower back, your thighs and your upper back, anywhere there are large muscles usually that's where strains would occur. The best way to tell if you have a strain versus a sprain is to visit your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. Once you've done that, you'll be able to relieve the symptoms with either ice, heat or pain relievers and I'm Stacey Grant and that's the difference between a strain versus a sprain.

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