A strain is an injury of a
muscle that has been stretched too far, too fast resulting in
a tear of the muscle itself and the tissue that supports it. A
strained or "pulled" muscle feels stiff and doesn't
function well for the few days that it takes to recover.
As we grow older, muscles and
ligaments become less flexible and we lose fat both in and
around the muscle. As we lose that fat, there is less
lubrication and less elasticity. Therefore, we are more
prone to injury than we were when we were younger.
A sprain is a stretched or torn
ligament, usually caused by an extreme bend or twist of
a joint such as a knee or ankle. Symptoms include immediate
pain and possible swelling. A sprained ligament is painful to
use and typically requires rest in order to heal.
Simple Treatment for
strains and sprains: