Academy Road

10431 Academy Road Unit M

Philadelphia, PA 19114

Red Lion Rd Location

10800 Knight's Road (3998 Red Lion), Suite 212

Philadelphia, PA 19114

215-612-2072

Pratt Street Location

1546 Pratt St.

Philadelphia, PA 19124

215-533-8555

Jefferson Health System/Torresdale Campus
10800 Knight's Road (3998 Red Lion) , Suite 212
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-824-4141
Fax: 215-824-3640

Academy Road

10431 Academy Road Unit M
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-612-2072

Pratt Street
1546 Pratt Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Tel: 215-533-2600
Fax: 215-533-8656

Jefferson Health System/Torresdale Campus
10800 Knight's Road (3998 Red Lion) , Suite 212
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-824-4141
Fax: 215-824-3640

Academy Road

10431 Academy Road Unit M
Philadelphia, PA 19114
Tel: 215-612-2072

Pratt Street
1546 Pratt Street
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Tel: 215-533-2600
Fax: 215-533-8656

Sprains/Strains

When you experience a pain when working out, you may wonder what kind of injury you have actually incurred. Most often, you’ll have a sprain or a strain of your muscle. How do you know the difference and how do you treat them?

A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament. A ligament is the fibrous band of connective tissue that joins the ends two bones together. Ligaments stabilize 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 run.

A sprain is caused by direct or indirect trauma that knocks a joint out of position, overstretches it or, in severe cases, ruptures the supporting ligaments. Typically, this injury occurs when an individual falls and lands on an outstretched arm, the side of the foot or runs on an uneven surface. Symptoms of a sprain include: pain, bruising, swelling, and inflammation. The individual oftentimes feels a tear or pop in the joint. In severe cases this may make the joint nonfunctional. In other cases, where the sprain partially tears the ligament, some swelling may occur.

A strain is an injury of a muscle or tendon. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to bone.

Chronic strains are the result of prolonged, repetitive movements of muscles and tendons. Insufficient breaks during intensive training oftentimes lead to a strain. Symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflammation, and cramping. In severe strains, the muscle and/or tendon are partially or completely ruptured, often incapacitating the individual.

There is no way to make yourself immune to sprains and strains, but proper stretching, appropriate footwear and warming up before engaging in physical activity will help alleviate these potential problems.

Philadelphia Podiatrist | Philadelphia Sprains/Strains | PA | Frankford Podiatry Associates, P.C. |

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