Of Sprains, Strains and Breaks ... Each
injury is different
If you've sprained
your ankle, you know what sever pain is. But maybe that "sprain" was a
"strain" or possibly even a "break". The amount of pain in each case can
be virtually equal, so oftentimes the only way to find out what you have
is to see a doctor.
Just the facts
Here are some facts on musculoskeletal injuries
and support the body's joints. For example, ligaments in the knee
connect the upper leg with the lower leg, enabling people to walk and
are a stretch or tear of a ligament, the tissue
connecting two bones.
Strains are a
twist, pull or tear of a muscle or tendon. Tendons are cords of tissue
that connect muscles to bones. A
break is a fracture, splinter or
complete break in bone, often caused by accidents, sports injuries or
Physicians attend to
more than 28 million Americans with musculoskeletal injuries each year,
according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). More
than 3 million hospitalizations occur because of musculoskeletal
conditions and injuries annually.
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