Sprains and Strains

Sprains and Strains

A sprain is the term used to describe a tear in one of the body’s many ligaments which attach one bone to another to support a joint. Sprains are divided into 3 degrees depending on severity. A grade 1 sprain is a small tear in the ligament and is associated with some degree of discomfort and mild swelling. A grade 2 sprain is a more significant tear causing more discomfort and swelling and a longer healing time. A grade 3 sprain is a complete tear of the ligament which results in a large amount of swelling and pain and can often include damage to one of the adjacent bones.

A strain is the term used to describe a tear in one of the body’s muscles or tendons. Tendons are rope like structures that attach muscles to bones. Similar to sprains, strains are graded according to severity with grade 1 indicating microtears, grade 2 indicating more substantial tears and grade 3 being a complete rupture of the muscle which often requires surgery.

Our Chartered Physiotherapists are trained to treat all grades of sprain and strain including a comprehensive rehabilitation program for a full recovery and prevention of re-injury.