Sprains versus Strains: Part II

My Doctor Finder
August 03, 2017

In connection to the Sprains versus Strains article, it is important to know what causes such to prevent acquiring either a sprain or strain.

Certain day-to-day situations make us more susceptible to sprains or strains, those may include lifting heaving objects, prolonged repetitive motion, sitting or standing in an awkward position, overexerting oneself and so on. Listed below are more information one must know about these two conditions.

Sprain often occurs in the following circumstances:

  • Ankle – walking or exercising on an uneven surface
  • Knee – pivoting during an athletic activity
  • Wrist – landing on an outstretched hand during a fall
  • Thumb – overextension when playing sports such as tennis

Meanwhile, there are two types of strains: acute and chronic. An acute strain results when a muscle becomes strained or stretched unusually far or abruptly whereas a chronic strain results from prolonged, repetitive muscle movements.

Acute strain:

  • Running, jumping, or throwing
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Lifting in an awkward position
  • Slipping on ice

Chronic strain:

  • Gymnastics
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Rowing

Reference: Mayo Clinic Staff. (2015, January 24). Sprains and strains. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from