Sprains and Strains (cont.)
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Sprains and Strains Overview
Sprains and strains are common orthopedic injuries. A sprain is an injury to a ligament, which is a band of tissue that connects one bone to another. A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, which is a band of tissue that connects muscle to bone. A strain is also sometimes referred to as a "torn muscle" or "muscle pull."
These injuries can occur in any body part but are most often found in the lower and upper extremities, such as the ankle, knee, elbow, or wrist. The most common sprain site is the ankle joint. More than 628,000 ankle sprains are estimated to occur annually in the United States. The most common strain sites are the lumbar spine (lower back) and the hamstring muscle in the back of the thigh.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/5/2015
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