People between the ages of 15-24 account for the highest number of recorded sprain/strain injuries
There are over 1.5 million sprain/strain related doctor encounters each year
The ankle is the most commonly sprained joint
Ligament and muscle injuries, particularly sprains and strains are caused by minor trauma to a ligament, muscle or tendon following a sudden twist or jolt.
Sprains involve the tears of the connective tissue (ligaments) that holds joints together. Common sites for sprains include angles like thumbs and wrists. Treating a sprain usually involves resting and compressing the injured area – with, for example, Aero bandages – icing and elevation.
Watch the video to see how to treat strains or sprains.
Strains occur when a muscle tears suddenly and unexpectedly – usually due to fatigue, overuse, or improper use of a muscle. While a muscle strain can happen to any muscle, they are most common in your lower back, neck, shoulder, and hamstring. Treating a strain will depend on the severity of the injury.
Because sprains and strains are tissue injuries, they are measured by the amount of tearing of the muscle.
Grade 1 – Some tearing
Grade 2 – Considerable tearing
Grade 3 – Complete tearing