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 often treated by chiropractic.
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 athletic or other activity is repeated so often, areas of the body do not have enough time to heal between occurrences. Tendinitis 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 his or her life by reducing pain and improving motion and function. This enhances and encourages the healing process.
Treatment Modalities may include:
- Joint mobilisation
- Tissue mobilisation
- Spinal & extremity adjustments
- Electrical Stimulation
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Dry Needling
- Supportive Taping & Strapping
- Exercise prescription
- Specific Stretching Exercises
- Strengthening Exercises: Localised and Global (eg Core Stability and Adjacent Muscle Groups)
- Proprioceptive Retraining
- Biomechanics Correction
- Function or Sports-Specific Rehabilitation
Soft tissue injury is painful and requires chiropractic intervention. It is important to rest the part and give it time to heal. Athletes are often reluctant to do this and continue to train despite pain and injury. This is unwise, as the injury can be exacerbated and take a longer time to heal these tissues to optimal function.