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Sprains and strains are often considered to be “minor injuries.” They are anything but. Most sprains and strains can result in a significant amount of pain. The severity of some injuries may even require medication, physical therapy, or even medical procedures. Sprains and strains can create significant complications.

Sprains and Strains are the Most Common Work-Related Injury

Strains and sprains are quite common. In fact, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report,1 strains and sprains remain as the number one cause of all work-related incidents, accounting for nearly 31 percent of work-related injuries. For employees, strains and sprains can mean time away from work. For hourly workers, the lack of work can mean that there will be no money coming in. For small business owners, employees who suffer from strains and sprains may require time off. This can result in being understaffed or even unable to open.

Understanding one’s injury is critical to identifying potential medical and legal remedies. Both sprains and strains are considered to be “soft tissue injuries.2 A sprain occurs whenever a ligament is either overextended or torn as a result of stress. The most common sprains are sprained wrists and sprained ankles. Although these sprains often occur during sports and exercise, they may occur at any time. Strains are similar to sprains but affect muscles or tendons.

Sprains and Strains are Capable of Causing Lifelong Medical Problems

Sprains and Strains can create lifelong complications. Doctors have concluded that these types of injuries can be considered permanent injuries. While they may become less painful with proper treatment and time, they will never completely go away. In fact, these injuries may be aggravated by minor movements. Further problems can arise whenever sprains and strains are neglected. Neglected injuries often become serious, chronic injuries.

Examples of Ways Sprains and Strains can Affect Your Life:

Recurring Pain. Many sprains and strains can be remedied with time and care. However, these injuries can cause nagging pain that doesn’t seem to go away.

Loss of Enjoyment of Life. The pain from an injury may keep you from being able to engage in some of your favorite activity. Lower body sprains may keep one from exercising, dancing, or even walking without a cane.

Ongoing Medical Care. Lingering injuries may require physical therapy, assistance such as a cane or brace, or even having to regularly take medicine to quell the pain.

Recovering Damages

If you have suffered a strain or a sprain, you may be entitled to recovering compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim or filing a lawsuit against a third party. If your accident was the result of the negligence of someone other than your employer, you may be entitled to damages for your medical expenses, lost income, loss of quality of life, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.

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