Both strains and sprains are common injuries that occur while performing daily activities, competitive sports, and recreational activities. However, not many people know the difference between the two!
A strain is the tearing of muscle fibers. Strains are often categorized into grades, a way to think of these grades is mild (grade I), moderate (grade II), severe (grade III). The severity can range from mild tenderness and swelling to a complete tear of the muscle into two pieces.
Sprains are tears of the ligaments and capsules (tissues around joints). Sprains also are classified into grades. A grade one tear may only involve a few ligaments, whereas a grade three may involve a complete tear into two pieces.
At BURD we do our best to first evaluate whether you have a sprain or strain. It's important to know the difference since the approach we take will change depending on if we're dealing with either a muscle or ligaments.
Also! Never feel as if a "minor" sprain or strain is too small of an injury. Ignoring treatment can lead to many problems including lack of mobility and balance!