(812) 482-7441

St. Thomas Medical Center
600 West 13th St. | Suite 200 
Jasper, IN 47546

Questions & Answers

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

A strain occurs when a muscle is stretched or torn. A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn.

Strains are often the result of overuse or improper use of a muscle, while sprains typically occur when a joint is subjected to excessive force or unnatural movements (e.g., sudden twists, turns, or stops). Sprains can be categorized by degree of severity:

  • A first-degree sprain stretches the ligament but does not tear it. Symptoms include mild pain with normal movement.
  • A second-degree sprain is characterized by a partially torn ligament, significant pain and swelling, restricted movement, and mild to moderate joint instability.
  • In a third-degree sprain, the ligament is completely torn with mild to severe pain, swelling, and significant joint instability.

 

Hours of Operation

Monday thru Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

Contact Us

Toll Free: (800) 499-7044
Phone: (812) 482-7441
Fax: (812) 482-7444

(812) 482-7441

St. Thomas Medical Center
600 West 13th St. | Suite 200 
Jasper, IN 47546