Sprain or Strain: A Guide to Recognizing Your Pain (Part 1)

Pain in any body part can cause worry, but an even bigger headache can stem out of not knowing what caused it. Is your pain a result of a ligament sprain or a muscle strain, and more importantly, what are the differences? The best way to get the most out of your treatment is to correctly identify the injury. The good news is that Total Pain Care has the information you’ve been looking for.

Spotting a Sprain

Have you fallen and landed on your arm or on the side of your foot? Or maybe you twisted your knee while out on your morning run? Chances are the resulting pain is a sign of a sprain. Sprains occur when the ligament that connects two or more bones at the joint is stretched or torn. This type of injury commonly occurs in the ankle but can also affect the wrists or thumbs due to sports or other physical activities.

Sprains can be mild, moderate or severe. One of the most common signs of this injury is a popping sensation in the affected area, but other symptoms can occur. These include:

  • Pain in the affected area
  • Swelling
  • Inability to move or use the injured joint
  • Bruising

Trust in Total Pain Care

You don’t have to deal with the pain and discomfort of a sprain on your own. Take the first step towards relieving your joint pain with Total Pain Care of New Jersey. Our board-certified pain management specialists will thoroughly evaluate your injury to give you the care you need at the pace you are comfortable with.