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The Difference Between Strains, Sprains and Fractures

A sprain is an injury to a ligament. A strain is an injury to a muscle. A fracture is an injury to a bone. Why is it important to know the differences? Emily Harold, MD, professor of orthopedics at University of Utah Health Care, joins Tom Miller, MD, to discuss the differences in these injuries, how to identify them, and what the differences can mean for your treatment and recovery.

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What Is IT Band Syndrome and How Is it Treated?

If you're experiencing pain or swelling on the outside of your knee, the problem may not be with the joint itself, but rather the iliotibial, or IT band, tendon. IT band syndrome is a common overuse injury seen in athletes and people with an active lifestyle. Sports medicine specialist Chris Gee, MD, explains the IT band, how to prevent injuring the tendon, and how to treat the knee pain it causes.

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How to Relieve Acute Back Pain

Lower back pain is the second most common reason Americans visit their doctor. Acute back pain can be caused by an injury or have an unexplained, sudden onset and can be quite debilitating. Andrew Joyce, MD, physical medicine specialist, has seen his fair share of patients with acute back pain. He shares strategies for getting some relief while at home and when you should see a specialist.

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How Are Bunions Treated?

If you have a bony bump at the base of the big toe joint, it could be a bunion—and it could be a symptom of a progressive bone disorder. Some bunions can be quite painful or interfere with daily activities, requiring professional treatment. Devon Nixon, MD, explains the treatment options—both surgical and non-surgical—that are available.

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