Understanding Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains are soft tissue injuries that involve damage to the tendons, muscles, or ligaments. Tendons and muscles move bones or structures within the body while ligaments hold structures together and keep them stable. Naturally, any injury of this type can be painful, and impede the movement of the affected area. Although the terms sprain and strain are often used interchangeably, they affect different parts of the body.
A sprain occurs when the ligaments connecting bones become stretched or torn. Conversely, a strain involves the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon linking muscle to bone.
Sprains typically result from a fall, twist, or other blow to the body that forces it out of its normal position. A common example is a sprained ankle. A strain can happen from heavy lifting or repetitive motion over time. Causes of sprains and strains in the workplace include:
- Awkward postures – tasks that put the body out of alignment combined with heavy loads can lead to sprains and strains
- Heavy loads – too much force on the body can cause injury
- Repetitive motion – certain jobs require the worker to repeat actions that can strain the muscles and ligaments being used
- Slip and fall accidents are also a risk for sprain and strain injuries
Recovery from a sprain or strain depends on the severity of the injury. Pain, stiffness, and loss of motion can last anywhere from a few days for a mild sprain to months for a knee requiring reconstructive surgery. In some cases, rehabilitation therapy is needed to return the affected area to normal mobility.
Filing a Claim
Like other soft tissue injuries, sprains and strains are more difficult to document than broken bones because usually there is no diagnostic tool like an x-ray picture to show the insurance company. If you have suffered a sprain or strain while on the job, it is crucial that you see a medical professional immediately about your injuries. While you may be inclined to tough it out, waiting to seek medical help will not help convince the insurer that you need to be compensated for what may turn out to be a serious medical problem.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Recover Compensation for Workers Suffering from Sprains and Strains
Sprain and strain injuries can leave you with chronic pain and limited mobility. If you have suffered an injury at your workplace you may be eligible for compensation. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP, are committed to helping injured workers obtain the full benefits to which they are entitled. Call us at 215-512-1500 for a free consultation about your case, or contact us online. From our Philadelphia office, we proudly serve workers throughout Pennsylvania.