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Sprain / Strain

Definition - What does Sprain / Strain mean?

A sprain or strain is damage done to the ligaments (strains) or muscles (sprains) in a joint. This damage is caused by extending the joint beyond its natural range of motion. The fibres in the ligament or muscle stretch and then begin to tear. Injury can last from a few days to several months depending upon the severity of sprain or strain. Soft tissue injuries often occur in the wrist and ankle.

Safeopedia explains Sprain / Strain

Sprains and strains are usually characterized by pain in the affected areas coupled with swelling and bruising. It is important to follow the R.I.C.E model treatment plan, which stands for rest, ice, compression, elevate. If you hear a ‘snapping’ sound when the injury occurs, this could be indicative or a more serious injury and a doctor’s opinion and treatment is necessary. No matter the severity of your injury, mild strengthening of the damaged area once healed is recommended to minimize the chance of re-injury.

This definition was written in the context of Environmental, Health, and Safety

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