Sprains and strains are two of the most common soft tissue injuries. Although these two terms are often used interchangeably, they actually form 2 very different conditions. A sprain is a joint injury that usually involves tearing of the ligaments and joint capsule. A strain is an injury to muscle or tendons. After an injury, you may present with pain, swelling and often bruising of the area concerned. More serious injuries may cause a loss of power or ability to bear weight on that particular joint. Soft tissue injuries require appropriate treatment/management in order for the area to heal in a timely manner. They can take between 2 and 12 weeks to heal, depending on the injury, your initial and ongoing management of the condition, and the age and general health of the patient. The information contained in this information leaflet will help you to manage these common injuries with the help of your LiveLife Pharmacy!