The Differences Between a Sprain and a Break

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.

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