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Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are a term used to describe a variety of injuries to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. The most common being a sprain of the ligaments or a strain of the tendons and muscle belly fibres. Depending on the severity of the injury it can result in pain, swelling and loss of function.

Immediate attention is required should a soft tissue injury occur. The PRICE principle should be applied to minimise localised tissue damage and to prevent further injury.

The prince principle consists of:-

  • Protection of the injured area in order to minimise further damage occurring
  • Rest from any activities that cause pain. Possible immobilisation of the affected area to decrease pain and further injury
  • Ice to the affected area causes vasoconstriction which leads to a decrease in swelling and subsequently a decrease in pain
  • Compression should be applied of the injured area to reduce residual swelling.
  • Elevation is used in conjunction with compression to minimise swelling.

An initial assessment with a physiotherapist should be made if you have a suspected soft tissue injury as the sooner treatment modalities are applied the sooner activities can be restarted.

Treatment for soft tissue injuries consist of:-

  • Stretching exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Oscillations of the joint
  • Pain management
  • Functional retraining
  • Ultrasound for the healing process
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Preventive measures
  • Educational advice for self-management

If you would like some further information or would like to speak to one of our physiotherapists please call 0113 234 1199 or alternatively you can email your enquiry with a brief description of presenting condition to office@sportandspinalphysio.co.uk

Soft Tissue Injuries

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We are always happy to answer any questions you might have. Call us on 0113 234 1199 or send an e-mail to office@sportandspinalphysio.co.uk.

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We are based in Northern Ballet in central Leeds.

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