Separated simply be one letter, a sprain and strain are often believed to be the same type of injury. Although they share similar signs and symptoms sprains and strains actually involved different parts of the body.
A sprain is defined as the stretching or tear of a ligament, which are the bands of fibrous tissue that connect one bone to another. A strain is the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon, tendons are fibrous cards of tissue that help connect the muscles to the bone.
Sprains and strains are a common type of personal injury and according to a 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey 4.7 million cases of sprains and strains were diagnosed in the emergency room in 2010.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a sprain or strain caused by another individual’s negligence, the victim may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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Causes of Sprains and Strains
Most commonly, athletes are susceptible to these types of injuries particularly those involved in contact sports. Furthermore, persons who have previously sprained or strained a particular area are more likely to repeat the injury.
Some common causes of a sprain or strain include:
Nursing home negligence may also lead to an elderly person straining and spraining their leg, back, neck and other areas. According to the 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey the majority of persons diagnosed with a sprain or strain was women between the ages of 15 and 64.
Symptoms of Sprains and Strains
As noted previously, the signs of a sprain and strain are very similar however there are some symptoms that may be noted in one injury and not in another. The location of the injury may also assist in deciphering what category it falls into.
Some similar symptoms amongst sprains and strains include:
- Difficulty Moving Injured Area
As for sprains a person may also see bruising and at the time of the injury hear a “pop” in the joint affected. With strains a person will not hear any noise but will experience some numbness in the affected area.
Sprain and Strain Treatment
The type of treatment a person will receive will depend on where the injury happened and how severe it is. A strain may be acute or chronic, acute means the muscle has been pulled or torn when stretched too far or abruptly whereas a chronic strain means the muscle has injured due to prolonged, repetitive use.
Upon immediate injury the victim may wish to use the RICE method until medical services arrive. RICE means the injured area should be rested, iced, compressed, and elevated. Some further forms of treatment for either type of injury include:
- Prescription Medication
- Physical Therapy
Surgery is the final options if you have a torn ligament or ruptured muscle however most strains and sprains often heal with non-invasive treatments.
Contact our Greensboro Personal Injury Attorney Today
Sprains and strains are serious personal injuries that could affect a person’s entire life should they suffer from recurring sprains or strains. At Lewis & Keller we understand how frustrating it can be to deal with an injury caused by another person’s negligence. We are dedicated to ensuring that all accident victims get the justice they deserve.
With more than 150 years of combined legal experience our knowledgeable team of attorneys can help guide you through the entire litigation process to fight for the MAXIMUM amount of compensation you deserve. We have offices located in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, North Carolina and are proud to serve the following areas:
- Fisher Park
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