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Difference Between Strains, Sprains, and Fractures

Different kinds of injuries

November 21, 2022

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Whether you’re playing sports or performing day-to-day tasks, it is possible to sustain different types of injuries. If you start feeling pain or discomfort after doing certain activities and the condition persists after resting or taking pain medication, you may need to visit a medical specialist or a sports injury clinic to determine its cause.

If you are not familiar with the different kinds of injuries that you may experience, especially after performing physically demanding activities, it may be difficult to address the cause and apply proper treatment. Hence, paying a visit to your trusted physician or sports therapist Dubai is highly recommended.

In case you are not able to visit a therapist, or the pain or discomfort is not severe, you may refer to the definitions below to identify the type of injury and look up simple ways how to alleviate the pain.


An injury that involves a cracked or broken bone is called a fracture. You will know that you have a fracture if you are experiencing severe and immediate pain, swelling, and bruising. In some cases, you may be unable to bear weight or move the injured body part(s). While it is a serious condition, the symptoms of a bone fracture are not always apparent.

Even if severe breaks are obvious, they are often hard to determine, and physicians may need the help of tools to make a more accurate diagnosis. Even when consulting with the providers of the best physiotherapy in Dubai, a proper diagnosis is often made after conducting a physical exam and imaging (MRI, ultrasound, or x-ray).


A strain involves twisting, stretching, and/or pulling of a muscle or its attachment. This type of injury usually affects the muscles, tendons and ligaments but has less to do with joint function. Strains commonly occur in the lower back and hamstrings, especially in athletes.

Depending on the severity of the condition, you may feel better after resting or taking medications. In some cases, your therapist may recommend that you book an appointment for manual lymphatic drainage, to help promote healing, or alleviate pain or discomfort. Other treatments such as ice, rest, stretching, elevation, and compression may be performed at home for mild strains, while more serious conditions may require medication, therapy, or surgery.


A sprain is a ligament or tendon that has been stretched out or even torn. Like strains, sprains are very common and can occur wherever there is a connection between two bones.

A mild sprain causes stretching of the ligament but leaves the joint stable. A moderate sprain is a partially torn ligament. In some instances, a moderate sprain can destabilize a joint. Sprains can completely tear the ligaments and require surgery to repair the damage.

Sprains may result in bruising, discomfort, swelling, and limited mobility in the affected area. Some sprains are more painful than fractures, leading patients to assume that they have fractured bones. In case you need to visit a specialist for a sports massage Dubai Marina or which to consult about a persisting pain or discomfort, Scandinavian Physiotherapy Center DMCC offers a range of treatment plans that are tailored to your needs.

You may visit one of our clinics for a consultation or book an appointment for therapy sessions.