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Strains and Sprains

Speeding the Healing of Strains and Sprains

Strains and sprains are some of the most common injuries that people suffer. While they often heal on their own or with the help of splints and similar appliances, they are very painful in the meantime. Therefore, it's a good idea to see a doctor for help in reducing healing time and pain. It's also good to get his help for regaining mobility and strength once the affected part has healed.

Woman with an ankle Strains and Sprains.

What is a Strain?

A strain is differentiated from a sprain by which tissues are damaged. With the strain, the affected tissues are the muscles and tendons. In a strain, they are overstretched and/or torn. Typically, this is caused by the accidental exposure of the joint to extreme forces.

What is a Sprain?

The term "sprain" is used to describe a similar condition as a strain, but in this case, the affected tissues are the ligaments. These are tough bands of tissue that connect the bones of the joints. Sprains often hurt worse than strains.


Treatments for a strain or sprain at Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab concentrate on reducing pain and restoring the strength and mobility of the affected joint. Since these injuries rarely require surgery, choosing a sports chiropractor in Puyallup WA such as our clinic is a great way to attain these objectives.

One of the first things we'll do is examine the joint in question. Often, an injury that results in either a sprain or a strain will have involved enough force to move the joint bones away from their proper alignments. Therefore, our chiropractor, Dr. Earle, will likely spend one or more sessions getting them back into the correct positions. This may happen right away, but thanks to the pain of the soft tissue injury, it may be done later in a course of treatment.

Treating the soft tissues starts out with steps to reduce pain. Therapeutic massage and similar therapies are good at this thanks to the way they cause the body to release endorphins. Massage also increases circulation, and this can result in faster healing.

Once pain is under control, it's time to work on mobility. Physical therapy is done to increase your range of motion without re-igniting painful symptoms. Strength work may also be required to restore the full use of your joint. Chiropractic bone manipulation will also be done when it won't cause undue discomfort.

Contact Our Local Sports Chiropractic Clinic in Puyallup, WA Today!

To get help with healing a strain, sprain, or another soft-tissue injury at an accelerated rate, just contact us here at Rainier Sports & Spinal Rehab in Puyallup, WA. Our phone number is (253) 445-0440.