The table below provides you with a brief explanation of the differences between a sprain and a strain. We've also found a video (below) that you might be interested in watching for further information.
A stretch and/or tear of a ligament
that connects bone to bone.
Injury of a muscle and/or tendon.
Can be caused by direct or indirect
trauma to the area.
Caused by overuse or inadequate
rest between exercise and use.
Generally associated with joint pain
and lack of mobility.
Can cause pain to the actual
strained muscle as well as
Symptoms include pain, swelling and
Symptoms include pain, muscle
weakness, swelling and muscle
Commonly occurs in ankles, wrists,
Commonly occurs in calves,
hamstrings, biceps etc.
We do recommend, however, that in the event of any injury, that you seek opinion and treatment advice from a health practitioner, such as your local Myotherapist.