We're back with this month's Blog post to assist you with soft tissue injuries. Symptoms of soft tissue injuries can vary between people and the extent of the injury, but generally they are as follows:
Bruising (contusion, cork)
Bruises are caused when a direct force is applied to a body part and bleeding into the soft tissue (hematoma) can result. Swelling and discoloration of the affected region can often be observed.
Sprains are caused when the joint is forced beyond its normal limits, resulting in overstretching and tearing of the ligaments that support the joint. Swelling, loss of power, possible discoloration, bruising and sudden onset of pain can result. Common sites for ligament sprains are the ankle, wrist, knee and shoulder joint.
Strains are caused by muscles over-stretching and then contracting too quickly. As a result partial or complete tears of the muscle can result. Swelling, bruising and pain with muscle contraction or stretch can result. Common muscle strains are hamstring, calf and back strains.
Overuse injuries occur as a result of repetitive movement and usually develop over a period of time. Symptoms develop slowly and are at their worst in the morning upon waking and can be eased with movement or a warm shower.
Soft Tissue Recovery Times
The recovery of a soft tissue injury depends on three main factors:
Severity of the injury
An experienced physiotherapist will be able to diagnose the extent of your injury and guide you through the appropriate rehabilitation and safe return to activity. Contact us to book an appointment if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms.