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Soft Tissue Injuries: Find the Types & Treatment Online

Soft Tissue Injuries: Find the Types & Treatment Online

What are soft tissue injuries?

The term 'soft tissues' refers to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Sometimes, some movements can lead to an injury in these soft tissues. These are called soft tissue injuries. These injuries are often accompanied by pain and swelling, as well as a limitation in the motion of the affected part.

Today, we will look at some common soft tissue injuries and explore available treatment options.

Sprains

A sprain is a tear in your ligament due to a sudden movement that causes the area to twist. The treatment for a sprain depends on the severity of the injury. A mild sprain can be treated through the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) techniques. A severe sprain usually needs surgery. Patients might have to go through physical therapy as well.

Bursitis

Your body has tiny, fluid-filled sacs known as bursae. The bursae help in minimising friction during movement. Bursitis is a condition in which the bursae get inflamed. Bursitis generally occurs in the elbow, knee, foot, and hip. The RICE technique helps in treating bursitis, though some patients may also need anti-inflammatory medicines and physical therapy. In more severe cases, the bursae may be drained out or even removed.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis is a condition marked by inflammation of the tendons. Tendonitis commonly occurs due to excessive use of the body part through repetitive motions. It typically affects the wrists, elbows, and knees. Tendonitis is also treated through the RICE method. Some patients may also be given steroid injections and advised to undergo physical therapy.

Strains

Overuse or sharp force applied to muscle or tendon can lead to a strain. Strains are common soft tissue injuries experienced by athletes. The RICE method can help treat mild strains, whereas more severe tears require surgery.

Contusions

Contusions are injuries resulting from impact from a blunt object on the skin's surface. These bruises can also be treated through the RICE method; however, more serious contusions should be shown to a doctor.

The RICE method for treating soft tissue damage

RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. This method is commonly adopted to treat milder forms of injury to soft tissues.

Rest :You must avoid putting any pressure on the affected body part until it heals completely. However, rest does not mean that you avoid movements altogether. It would help if you kept practicing physiotherapy exercises.

Ice:An ice pack can help with the pain and swelling. Keep ice packs handy if you have a soft tissue
injury.

Compression: Compression involves covering the affected area with a bandage to wrap it up. Avoid tying the bandage too tight; you may want to ask a doctor to wrap it for you.

Elevation: When lying down, elevate the affected limb on a pillow. Or, if you are sitting, rest it on a chair next to you.  Never self-diagnose any injury that causes you a lot of pain. Always seek a professional medical opinion. If the RICE method does not work, your doctor may recommend surgery or medication.

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Meril also manufactures three state-of-the-art sutures for soft tissue treatment:

Polydioxanone Suture

FILAXYN POLYDIOXANONE suture promise long-term wound support. It is designed for general soft tissue approximation and / or ligation. This suture is especially suitable for geriatric and immunocompromised patients. It has high initial tensile strength and predictable absorption.

Absorbable Suture

MITSU ABTM is a mid-term absorbable braided synthetic suture made of poly(glycolide-co-l-lactide) (90/10) coated with Triclosan, an antibacterial agent. It degrades by hydrolysis and assures predictable and reliable absorption.

Poliglecaprone Sutures

FILAPRON POLIGLECAPRONE suture offers scarless sub-cuticular suturing. There is complete mass absorption within 90 to 120 days.

Tips to prevent soft tissue injuries

Avoiding soft tissue injuries is difficult but not impossible. Here are a few tips that can lower your risk of facing soft tissue damage:

Ensure you warm up before you exercise or play sports

Wear proper gear while playing sports or exercising

Try out new forms of exercise carefully or under professional supervision

Stay hydrated

Take breaks and make sure to keep days of rest between workouts

If you play sports, you may want to speak with your doctor or physiotherapist about how you can protect yourself from injuries. If you have already faced any kind of soft tissue injury treatment in the past, you may want to take extra precaution to avoid damaging the same areas again.

Conclusion

Soft tissue damage can be quite painful, and adequate rest is needed for you to be able to heal completely. Make sure you follow your doctor's advice, take your medicines on time, and practice the physiotherapy exercises as advised. Avoid putting pressure on the affected areas until they have healed completely. With proper rest and care, you will be able to move with comfort once again.

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