Sprains and Strains
- Inflammation, soreness, or pain (light to medium)
- Bruising or redness
- limited range of motion, weak muscles
- Overworking a muscle or joint might result in injury.
Sprain or Strain?
A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, while a sprain is an injury to a ligament.
A muscle strain, also known as a pulled muscle, occurs when a muscle is stretched or torn. This can happen when a muscle is overworked or fatigued, or when it is suddenly and forcefully contracted. Symptoms of a muscle strain include pain, muscle spasms, weakness, and stiffness.
A sprain, on the other hand, occurs when a ligament, which connects bones to each other, is stretched or torn. This can happen when a joint is twisted or bent in an abnormal position. Symptoms of a sprain include pain, swelling, bruising, and stiffness. Depending on the severity of the sprain, the affected joint may also be unstable or difficult to move.
Both strains and sprains are common injuries that can occur during physical activity, such as sports or exercise.
Treatment for strains and sprains typically includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E) to reduce pain and inflammation.
Over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen can also be used to alleviate pain. In more severe cases physical therapy may be necessary to regain mobility and strength.
Mister Pharmacist can help assess the situation further and prescribe a stronger NSAID (antiinflammatory)- a doctor assessment is still very much recommended.