Introduction to soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue is a name used to describe all of the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the body.
When any of these parts of the body are injured it is referred to as a soft tissue injury.
Usually this type of injury is caused by some type of stress on the joints, ligaments or tendons of the body and it will result in a redness of the area that was injured, along with swelling and pain.
The treatment of the injury will depend on the severity of the injury.
These types of injuries are usually divided into two types, chronic and acute.
Chronic ones usually begin with nagging and mild pain which seems to be a permanent fixture in the person’s life.
An acute injury is one that is caused by some type of trauma, a twisting of the body, fall or collision, usually. It is the type that athletes tend to suffer most.
The most common types of soft tissue injuries are strains, sprains and tearing of the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
The most important part of the treatment process is to make sure to not aggravate the injury any further.
Whatever part of the body is injured, it is important to rest it and not move it frequently or sharply in order to prevent further injury.
Usually, the RICE method will work for the usual injury – which means that the injured area needs rest, ice, compression and elevation.
It is important to keep the injured area immobilized, and if you need to, use a sling, because that will decrease the blood flow to this area and prevent further damage from occurring.
Ice will help to decrease the swelling and get rid of the inflammation, while compression is used to reduce bleeding and swelling in the injured area.
It is a good idea to use ice packs regularly in order to help with the swelling and pain. It is important to remember that the swelling and pain should disappear within a few days if it is a minor injury. However, if the swelling increases and the pain does not go away, then it is probably best to contact a doctor, because the injury might be more serious than the person had perceived at first.
In any event, the person will probably be aware on their own if it is a serious injury or not, because when the injury is very severe, the pain will most likely be excruciating and unbearable. In these types of cases, the help of a medical professional needs to be sought immediately.