Soft tissue injuries include any type of damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the body.
The most common types of soft tissue injuries are:
- Sprains — Caused when ligaments are overstretched
- Strains — An injury to muscles, tendons, or a connected group of muscles and tendons
- Contusions — Muscle bruising caused by a direct blow
- Tendonitis — When a tendon or the sheath covering it becomes inflamed or irritated
- Bursitis — Inflammation of the bursa (fluid-filled sacs) around joints
At Dignity Health, experienced orthopedic and sports medicine doctors are on hand to provide expertise for treating soft tissue injuries in Arizona. For the personalized service you need, Find a Doctor today.
Soft Tissue Injury Symptoms
Symptoms of soft tissue injuries depend on specific type of injury, but often include general pain and swelling around the affected area.
Other common symptoms are:
- Muscle cramping
- Lump or knot at the injury site
- Joint instability
- Inability to put weight on a limb
If you have symptoms of a soft tissue injury, like a muscle strain or sprain, meet with a skilled orthopedic doctor at Dignity Health to receive proper diagnosis and treatment.
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Soft Tissue Injury Causes
Injuries to soft tissues in the body can either be acute (sudden) or chronic (occurring gradually). Examples of acute injuries include trauma, such as falls, slips, twists, or direct blows. A contusion, sprain, or strain is a soft tissue injury. Chronic soft tissue injuries are caused by a repetitive, overuse of a particular muscle or joint. Good examples are tendonitis and bursitis.
Soft Tissue Injury Treatment & Prevention
At Dignity Health, our orthopedic departments treat soft tissue injuries by focusing on alleviating pain and allowing injuries to heal properly. Initial treatment may involve rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), along with anti-inflammatory medicines. Steroid injections, splints, and range of motion exercises may also be part of your treatment. For more severe acute injuries, we many recommend physical therapy to strengthen muscles, tendons, and ligaments. If surgery is needed, surgeons at Dignity Health offer a range of minimally invasive procedures.
Dignity Health provides expert care to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries in Arizona, as part of our orthopedic services.