A strain, sprain, or tear can be painful. With the right treatment, most heal with no lasting problems.
A sprain is an injury to the ligaments or capsule that holds a joint together. There are no broken bones. Most sprains take about three-to-six weeks to heal. If the ligament is completely torn (severe sprain), it can take months to recover.
A strain is an injury to a muscle or to a tendon (tissue that connects muscle to bone). It is sometimes called a “pulled muscle.” A strain happens when a muscle or tendon is stretched too far or is partially torn. Symptoms of a strain are pain, swelling, and having a problem moving or using the injured area. The hamstring (thigh muscle), calf muscle, and Achilles tendon are commonly strained.
A tear often occurs when a joint is forced beyond its normal range of motion. This can stretch or tear the ligament, much like the fibers of a rope coming apart. Both surgical and nonsurgical treatment has been used to recover from a tear. Several types of surgery are available based on you and your doctor's preferences as well as other factors.
Treatments, Tests, and Procedures
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Fracture Care and Surgery
Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery
There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:
- Medical Management
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