With sports and exercise come injuries of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Sprains and strains are common soft-tissue injuries. Even with appropriate treatment, these injuries may require a prolonged amount of time to heal.
What causes it?
Injuries to soft tissues fall into two distinct categories based on how they are developed: acute and overuse. Acute injuries are caused suddenly, as with a fall or forceful twist. An overuse injury occurs gradually, where the repetition of an activity does not allow for adequate healing time between occurrences.
How do you know you have it?
Common symptoms of a soft tissue injury may include:
- Muscle spasm
How we fix it
The OSI team of orthopedic specialists can help you with a soft tissue injury and are here to work with you to develop an effective treatment plan:
- Physical exam: Your doctor will ask about any symptoms and how the injury occurred. The area of injury will be evaluated and assessed.
- Imaging tests: X-rays or an MRI may be ordered to confirm an injury.
Nonsurgical treatments for soft tissue injuries may include:
- RICE protocol
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone injections
- Supportive braces
In cases that don’t respond to conservative treatment options, surgery can be considered.