Thursday, November 21, 2013


Sprains and strains both cause persistent pain and lack of mobility for patients. While they have similar causes and symptoms, they are not actually the same thing. A sprain is an injury that occurs with the ligament, which connects bones to a joint. A strain is an injury to a tendon or muscle that is connected to a bone. Sprains of the ankle are most common, though some people find that they have sprained their wrist. Strains are most common in the back of the thigh (hamstring), arm, hand and elbow.

Sprains are typically caused by accident, like falling or twisting, though blunt force to the area can also be a cause. Strains are similar, though often less severe than a sprain. The signs and symptoms of sprains and strains are quite similar to each other. They include:

  • Pain

  • Muscle spasms or weakness

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

  • The inability to move the joint

  • Cramping

Here at Bezak Chiropractic and Rehabilitation, Dr. Brian Bezak offers chiropractic and rehab for sprains and strains and encourages patients to visit the Greenbelt, MD clinic for possible treatments. This includes manipulation of the affected joints, bracing the joint and soft tissue therapy. We also provide nutritional and exercise suggestions for faster healing. Contact our office at 301-220-0496 to learn more about sprains and strains and the treatment options available.

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