A soft tissue injury is the result of a sprain, strain or bruise to a muscle, tendon or ligament. These injuries often occur during sports and exercise activities, but sometimes simple everyday activities can cause an injury. Whiplash is a common soft-tissue injury diagnosed and treated by chiropractors.
Soft-tissue injuries fall into two basic categories, acute injuries and overuse injuries:
- Acute injuries are caused by a sudden trauma, such as a fall, twist, or blow to the body. Examples of an acute injury include sprains, strains, and contusions.
- Overuse injuries occur gradually over time, when an activity is repeated so often that areas of the body do not have enough time to heal between occurrences. Tendinitis or tendinosis and bursitis are common soft-tissue overuse injuries.
Recovery from a soft-tissue injury is greatly improved with proper treatment received immediately after the injury.
Chiropractic care allows an injured person to carry on with their life by reducing pain and improving motion and function. This enhances the healing process.
Treatment Modalities may include:
- Ice and/or Heat
- Joint mobilisation
- Tissue mobilisation
- Spinal & extremity adjustments
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Supportive Taping & Strapping
- Exercise prescription
Some injuries need rest, while others need the right kind of movement to promote quick recovery. Thorough assessment, diagnosis, and early intervention are the keys to getting back on track as quickly as possible. Speak to the chiropractor as soon as an injury occurs.