Two common injuries
treated in clinics and urgent care centers are sprains and breaks. Both types of injuries are painful, but what is
the difference between them?
First, it’s important to understand the role of ligaments in your
body. A ligament is a band of tough, fibrous tissue that connects your
bones together at the joints, and a sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched
or torn. Commonly, sprains occur when someone falls or is struck in a
way that pushes the body out of its normal position. Sprained ankles are
the most common type of sprain.
When a break of any size occurs in a bone, this is referred to as a bone
fracture or broken bone. There are many types of breaks, ranging from
tiny cracks caused by overuse to fractures that cause a bone to protrude
through the skin.