Children's Health and Wellness

Take the Sprains and Strains Quiz

Sprain? Strain? The terms for these injuries sound so similar, what's the difference? Find out by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

1. If you have a sprain, it means you've injured a ligament.
A. TrueB. False
2. In a strain, a muscle or tendon is involved.
A. TrueB. False
3. The most common site for a sprain is the wrist.
A. TrueB. False
4. A typical sprain occurs when a person missteps and lands on the side of the foot.
A. TrueB. False
5. One symptom of a sprain may be a popping sound from the affected joint when the injury occurs.
A. TrueB. False
6. You should see your health care provider for a sprain if you cannot move or put weight on the injured joint.
A. TrueB. False
7. The back is a common site for strains.
A. TrueB. False
8. A muscle spasm can be a symptom of a strain.
A. TrueB. False
9. You should treat a sprain or strain by putting moist heat on it right away.
A. TrueB. False
10. Wearing shoes that fit properly is one way to prevent a sprain or strain.
A. TrueB. False
Online Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeonshttp://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00111
Online Source: Sprained ankle, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeonshttp://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00150
Online Source: Sprains, strains and fractures, American Podiatric Medical Associationhttp://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=982
Online Source: Sprains and strains, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseaseshttp://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/sprains_strains/sprains_and_strains_ff.asp
Online Source: Ankle sprain, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Societyhttps://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/conditions/ailments-of-the-ankle/Pages/Ankle-Sprain-.aspx
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Ogiela, Dennis, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Walton-Ziegler, Olivia, MS, PA-C
Date Last Reviewed: 11/4/2015