What's the difference?
Here are some facts you should know on musculoskeletal injuries:
Sprains -- a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, the tissue connecting two bones. Ligaments stabilize and support the body's joints. For example, ligaments in the knee connect the upper leg with the lower leg, enabling people to walk and run.
Strains -- a twist, pull and/or tear of a muscle and/or tendon. Tendons are cords of tissue that connect muscles to bones.
Breaks -- fracture, splinter or complete break in bone, often caused by accidents, sports injuries or bone weakness.
More than one in four Americans has a musculoskeletal condition that needs medical attention. If you are one of them and don't have a doctor, call 1-800-STMARYS. If you need emergency care, visit the St. Mary's of Michigan Towne Centre Emergency Center just off I-675 near Fashion Square Mall.