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Soft Tissue Injury

A soft tissue injury is an injury to muscles, ligaments, and tendons throughout the body. Soft tissue injuries are often caused by sudden trauma or overuse.

Let’s explore the common types of soft tissue injuries, their symptoms, how they’re diagnosed, and what treatments are available to help you bounce back from the pain.

Our team of car accident doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists have helped many patients recover from soft tissue injuries. Call us today at 1-800-HURT911 or 855-475-2588 today!

Common Types of Soft Tissue Injuries

Strains

These occur when muscles or tendons are stretched or torn, often due to sudden movements or overexertion. Common sites for strains include the back, neck, shoulders, and hamstrings.

Sprains

Sprains happen when ligaments – the tough bands of tissue that connect bones – are stretched or torn. This can occur from twisting or wrenching a joint, such as the ankle, knee, or wrist.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon, usually caused by repetitive movements or overuse. It commonly affects the tendons in the elbows, wrists, shoulders, or knees.

Bursitis

Bursitis involves inflammation of the bursae – small, fluid-filled sacs that cushion and lubricate joints. It can occur in areas like the shoulders, elbows, hips, or knees, often due to repetitive motions or pressure on the joints.

Symptoms of Soft Tissue Injuries

The symptoms of soft tissue injuries can vary depending on the type and severity of the injury, but common signs include:

  • Pain, tenderness, or soreness in the affected area
  • Swelling, bruising, or redness
  • Limited range of motion or stiffness
  • Weakness or instability in the injured area
  • Difficulty bearing weight or using the affected limb

Diagnosis

If you suspect you have a soft tissue injury, it’s essential to see a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis. They’ll start by asking about your symptoms and how the injury occurred. Then, they may perform a physical examination, checking for signs of swelling, tenderness, or loss of function in the affected area.

In some cases, imaging tests like X-rays, MRI, or ultrasound may be ordered to get a closer look at the soft tissues and rule out other possible injuries, such as fractures or dislocations.

Treatments for a Soft Tissue Injury

Rest

The first step in treating a soft tissue injury is often to rest the affected area and avoid activities that aggravate the pain. This gives the tissues time to heal and prevents further damage.

Ice

Applying ice to the injured area can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. Wrap the ice pack in a cloth and apply it to the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day.

Compression

Wrapping the injured area with an elastic bandage can help reduce swelling and provide support. Just be careful not to wrap it too tightly, as this can restrict blood flow.

Elevation

Elevating the injured limb above the level of the heart can also help reduce swelling and promote healing. Prop up the affected area with pillows or cushions whenever possible.

Medications

Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Your doctor may also prescribe stronger medications if needed.

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist can design a customized exercise program to help strengthen the muscles around the injured area, improve flexibility, and restore function. They may also use techniques like massage, heat therapy, or ultrasound to promote healing and reduce pain.

Surgery

In severe cases where conservative treatments fail to provide relief, surgery may be necessary to repair or reconstruct the damaged soft tissues. This is usually considered a last resort and is only recommended when other options have been exhausted.

Call 1-800-HURT911 Now

If you have been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or other accident in Georgia, HURT911 is here to help! We can manage your injury treatments, help you avoid years of chronic pain, and set you up with a personal injury attorney. Our goal is to help speed up your recovery and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Our Process

  • After your accident, we’ll set you up with an attorney and schedule your medical evaluation immediately.
  • You’ll get treated at one of our convenient Georgia locations with no out-of-pocket costs to you.
  • Continue your medical treatment per your doctor’s recommendations.
  • We’ll work with your lawyer so you get the money you deserve.

When you call 1-800-HURT911, you will have peace of mind knowing that your personal injury case is in the best hands. Contact us today!

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