Soft Tissue Injury

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Soft Tissue Injury

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What is Soft Tissue Injury?

A soft tissue injury is damage to one or more of the body’s soft tissues. These include muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels and skin.

The most common soft tissue injuries are sprains and strains. Sprains happen when your ligaments—the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect bones to other bones in your joints—are stretched or torn. Strains happen when you overexert a muscle or tendon and the fibers within it tear from overuse.

The severity of a sprain or strain depends on what part of your body was injured, how severe it was and how long it took for you to get treatment after the injury occurred.

What are the types of Soft Tissue Injury?

The most common types of soft tissue injury are contusions (bruises), sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, stress injuries, strains and ruptures. Let’s take a closer look at each one:

Contusions (bruises) – these are caused by a blunt impact to the body that results in bleeding under the skin. The most common examples are shin splints and turf toe.

Sprains – these happen when there’s an overstretching or tearing of ligaments (the fibrous tissue that holds joints together). Sprains can be caused by direct trauma such as falling on an outstretched hand or twisting your ankle while running.

  • Tendonitis occurs when there is inflammation in a tendon—a thick cord that attaches muscle to bone. Usually caused by repetitive motion or trauma, tendonitis can be painful and slow to heal.
  • Bursitis is an inflammation of a bursa—which is a fluid-filled sac that cushages joints and reduces friction between bones and tendons. Bursitis is also caused by repetitive motion or trauma (like running), but it often affects more than one joint at a time.
  • Stress injuries (also called tendinopathies) occur when your muscle fibers become overloaded with stress from overuse or trauma. This causes pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of strength in the affected area.
  • Strains are when you tear or rupture muscle fibers due to excessive stretching or overuse of an area of your body. Strains can happen suddenly or gradually over time; they may be minor or severe depending on how much damage has been done to those muscle fibers.

What are the causes of Soft Tissue Injury?

There are many different causes of soft tissue injury. Common causes include:

  • Falling or tripping
  • Being hit by an object or person
  • Sports injuries, such as sprains and strains (which can be caused by overuse) and fractures (which can be caused by direct impact)
  • A sudden movement that stretches muscles and tendons beyond their normal range of motion (called “overstretching” or “straining”)
  • Incorrect lifting practices
  • Poor posture
  • Overuse or repetitive stress
  • Inadequate warm-up and stretching before exercise
  • Lack of conditioning
  • Poor sports equipment, such as cleats that don’t fit properly or don’t provide adequate support to the foot
  • Poor technique in sports like running, jumping, or lifting weights

What are the symptoms of Soft Tissue Injury?

The symptoms of a soft tissue injury depend on the location and severity of the injury. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness at the site of injury
  • Swelling around the injured area
  • Bruising at the site of injury (this may not appear until several days after injury)
  • Change in sensation (numbness or tingling) around the injured area

What are the risk factors for Soft Tissue Injury?

Risk factors for soft tissue injury include:

  • Repetitive motion (e.g. typing, mousing, lifting)
  • Use of poor posture (e.g. slouching, leaning forward)
  • Poor body mechanics (e.g. lifting with one hand instead of two)
  • Inadequate warm-up before exercise or other physical activity

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Soft Tissue Injury?

Soft tissue injuries can be treated with rest and ice, but they also require stretching exercises to help restore strength and mobility. Stretches should be done every day after injury, except when there is pain in the area being stretched.

Here are some soft tissue injury exercises you can try:

Stretching

This can help with flexibility and mobility. You should stretch slowly so that you don’t cause more damage than good.

Massage

Massaging the injured area can help increase blood flow and decrease pain. However, you should only massage until it feels better—if it hurts or causes more pain, stop immediately!

Exercise

It’s important to keep up with your exercise routine even if you have a soft tissue injury. Exercise will help speed up recovery time and improve overall health!

What are the treatments for Soft Tissue Injury?

There are many different treatments for soft tissue injury. These treatments can include:

Soft tissue injuries can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE).

This means that you should rest the injured area and avoid any activities that cause pain. Ice can be applied to help reduce swelling and inflammation. The injured area may also be wrapped in an elastic bandage to provide compression. Elevating the injured area above the level of your heart can also help reduce swelling and pain.

  • Rest – to allow the injury to heal itself
  • Ice – to reduce swelling
  • Compression – to keep the injured area tightly bound, so that it does not move around as much and cause further damage
  • Elevation – elevating the injured area above your heart will also help reduce swelling

-Exercise – a lot of people think that they should avoid exercise when they have an injury. However, this is not true! Exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself in order to speed up your recovery time!

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

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What brace is used for Soft Tissue Injury?

There are a number of different braces, compression sleeves, and wraps used for soft tissue injuries. The location of the injury and body part affected will determine which type of brace is most effective.

Compression sleeves are often used to treat injuries to the knee, ankle, and foot. These types of braces help to reduce swelling, pain and inflammation in order to speed up healing time.

A knee brace is used for strains or sprains in the knee area. Most commonly used for sports injuries like football or soccer these braces can help reduce pain and swelling while helping with mobility during recovery periods.

An ankle brace is designed to support an injured ankle by limiting movement while providing additional stability until you can return to normal activities without experiencing further discomfort or pain.

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