A sprain occurs when a ligament stretches or tears. A strain is a stretch or tear in a muscle or tendon. Both injuries are painful and occur often at work or in sports. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how sprains and strains are caused, symptoms of strains and sprains, treatments, prevention, and much more.
WebMD answers three questions about the causes of strains, sprains and other sports injuries -- such as runner’s knee and tennis elbow -- and how to treat them.