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Whether you just like to play weekend sports, walk for exercise or are an avid athlete, injuries can happen from time to time. Most injuries are from overusing muscles, tendons and ligaments, which may feel like soreness, especially the next day. At the microscopic level, when muscles, tendons and ligaments are over-stretched, little tears form in the tissues. Your body normally heals quickly from this. However, the severity of the injury determines the extent of time needed to recover. Sprains and Strains Sprains are over-stretching injuries to the tendons and ligaments while strains are over- stretching injuries to the muscles. These can range from mild to severe. Realize, that for even mild sprains, the body can take about 6 weeks to heal the soft tissue. That means adequate rest and rehabilitation is needed to fully recover from this type of injury. Severe sprains and strains may at times require braces and even surgical repair. The recovery from this can be longer, 8 weeks or more and it is wise to have proper physical therapy rehabilitation to recover. Even old sprains and strains can stay around to haunt you if they have not been properly rehabilitated.

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