Physiotherapy for Soft Tissue Injuries

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Soft tissue injuries need to be properly treated in order to reduce pain, promote healing and reduce the chances of a chronic injury or chronic pain developing. The most common treatment for soft tissue injuries is physiotherapy for soft tissue injuries. The following is a closer look at soft tissue injuries and how physiotherapy can be used to treat them.

What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?

Soft tissue issues refer to injuries that occur to muscles, ligaments and tendons; these are considered soft tissues in the body. Soft tissues can occur as a result of physical trauma as well as overuse and repetitive motions. Many people experience soft tissue injuries due to unexpected trauma as the result of twisting or rolling their ankle, such as when they accidentally step off a curb or miss a step going down the stairs. Soft tissue injuries can also happen due to overuse, such as running excessively without taking proper rest for your soft tissues to recover.

The most common soft tissue injuries are sprained ankles, calf strain, back strain, tennis elbow, and hamstring strains. It’s important to note the key difference between a strain and a sprain in regard to soft tissue injuries. A strain refers to trauma caused by overstretching muscles or tendons; a sprain refers to trauma caused by over-stretching ligaments.

How Serious Are They?

The degree of the sprain or strain is the primary factor in how severe the injury will be. Grade 1 injuries result in mild tenderness to the area and minimal swelling; grade 2 injuries result in moderate pain, swelling and tenderness, which also causes the inability to apply any loading weight to the injured area without experiencing pain; and grade 3 results in serious pain and swelling and  total inability to use the injured area. Of the three, Grade 3 is the most serious and requires immediate assessment, as they are often associated with fractures.

Treatment for Soft Tissue Injuries

Recovery from soft tissue injuries will vary depending on the severity of the injury. In general, it takes about 1-2 weeks for grade 1 injuries; 3-4 weeks for grade 2; and it can take anywhere from months to potentially years to fully recover from grade 3 injuries, depending on the extent, which is why you should seek medical attention ASAP.

The treatment for these types of injuries will vary depending on the location, severity and other factors. Treatment includes following the PRICE regimen (protect, rest, ice, compression, elevation) and seeking medical attention for any pain that can’t be treated with rest or over the counter pain relievers.

Another potential treatment is Physiotherapy for Soft Tissue Injuries. Physiotherapy for Soft Tissue Injuries can be beneficial in helping your body heal from your injury and preventing additional injuries in the future, particularly when you have experienced a grade 2 or grade 3 injuries that caused more serious damage. Physiotherapy for Soft Tissue Injuries can help you learn how to prevent soft tissue damage as well, which will be beneficial in the long run.

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