Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
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What is a Soft Tissue Injury?
The most common soft tissues injured are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries often occur during sports and exercise activities, but sometimes simple everyday activities can cause an injury.
What are the symptoms of soft tissue injuries?
When soft tissue is damaged, there is usually immediate pain along with immediate or delayed swelling (excessive swelling can slow the healing process – see treatment below). Stiffness is also very common as a result of the trauma and swelling. Bruising may also develop after 24-48 hours.
In the case of moderate to severe soft tissue injuries of muscles, tendons, and ligaments around a joint, there may be instability experienced, especially to weight-bearing joints like the hip, knee, and ankle.
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Treatment for soft tissue injuries:
There are principally three stages of treatment and recovery from soft tissue injuries like ankle sprains
Stage one: During the first 24-72 hours, it is important to protect the injured area, gain an accurate diagnosis and follow the PRICE regime (see below). If possible, the gentle pain-free movement should be encouraged.
Stage two: Reduce swelling and stiffness and begin to regain normal movement.
Stage three: Regaining of normal function and return to normal activities.