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How are neck strains and neck sprains different?

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Neck strains result from damage to the muscle or the tendons, bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Neck sprains happen when you tear ligaments, the tissues that connect the bones to each other.

However, the causes, symptoms, and treatment are usually the same.

From: Neck Strain and Whiplash WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Concussion in Sports."  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons web site: "Neck Strain."  Centers for Disease Control web site: "Facts about concussion and Brain Injury."  Davis, M.F., et al, , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Rouzier, P., second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.




Expert Guide to Sports MedicineThe Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 08, 2018

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians FamilyDoctor.org web site: "Concussion in Sports."  American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons web site: "Neck Strain."  Centers for Disease Control web site: "Facts about concussion and Brain Injury."  Davis, M.F., et al, , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Rouzier, P., second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.




Expert Guide to Sports MedicineThe Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 08, 2018

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