Soft tissue injuries

A soft tissue injury is the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, a one off blow resulting in a contusion or overuse of a particular part of the body. Soft tissue injuries can result in pain, swelling, bruising and loss of function.

A soft tissue injury is one that occurs to any structure in the body other than bone. This can include skin, muscle, fascia (the structure that surrounds muscles – much like the shiny tough white stuff surrounding the meat on a joint of beef), tendons, ligaments, cartilage, discs and nerves, to name but a few. Damage to these tissues can be the result of trauma or due to overuse, degeneration or infection.

As you can imagine, the list of soft tissue structures that can be injured is a pretty long one! Our physiotherapist will determine which one is at fault and give you an idea of how long it will take to get better. Our physiotherapist will also offer you advice on things that you can do to help speed up your recovery. Treatment may include myofascial release and soft tissue massage techniques, electrotherapy, taping and exercises to restore mobility, strength, proprioception, and function.

This is provided as general information only and is not intended to be relied upon as medical advice.