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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 07734054192 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 based in Northern Ballet in central Leeds.

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