These are two different conditions...
Sprain / Strains refer to an overstretch or tear injury to ligaments, tendons or muscles. Here is a link for an article on sprains / strains: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/s...ndstrains.html
Whereas a lumbar vertebral disc protrusion with annular tear is a tear in the annulus (the outside wall of a vertebral disc) and there is a protrusion of the nucleus (the water-rich gel-like vertebral disc center) into the epidural space. Disc protrusions can put pressure on the spinal cord and/or the spinal nerves as they exit the foraminal opening: http://www.slipped-disc.info/
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