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Take the Sprains and Strains Quiz

Sprain? Strain? The terms for these injuries sound so similar, what's the difference? Find out by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

1. If you have a sprain, it means you've injured a ligament.
2. In a strain, a muscle or tendon is involved.
3. The most common site for a sprain is the wrist.
4. A typical sprain occurs when a person missteps and lands on the side of the foot.
5. One symptom of a sprain is a popping sound from the affected joint when the injury occurs.
6. You should see your health care provider for a sprain if you cannot move or put weight on the injured joint.
7. The back is a common site for strains.
8. A muscle spasm can be a symptom of a strain.
9. You should treat a sprain or strain by immediately applying moist heat.
10. Wearing shoes that fit properly is one way to prevent a sprain or strain.
Online Medical Reviewer: Finke, Amy, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 10/19/2013

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