Determining If You Have A Sprain or Strain
- Inability to move the affected joint
- Moderate to excruciating pain
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle cramps
- Difficulty in moving
What Caused Your Sprain or Strain
Tripping, twisting or falling can force your joint out of its original placement or position. When this occurs, the ligaments near the joint can stretch or tear. Sprains can usually happen when you:
- Twist your Ankle or Knee
- Fall on the Side of your Foot
- Land or Fall on your Wrist or Arm
When you twist or pull a tendon or muscle, a strain can occur. Strains can develop over days, weeks, or suddenly. Acute or sudden strains can be a result of:
- Lifting heavy objects Improperly
- Overstressing your muscles
- From a recent injury
When causing your tendons or muscles to repeatedly move the same way, your strain can become chronic.
How To Prevent Future Sprains or Strains
- When in pain or tired Do Not exercise.
- Maintain strong muscles by eating a well-balanced diet.
- Try to have a healthy weight in reference to your height.
- Try not to fall or slip.
- We encourage you to exercise regularly.
- Make sure your shoes fit perfectly.
- Stretch and Warm-Up before exercise or playing sports.
- Try to run on surfaces that are flat.
- When playing sports, wear protective gear.