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Soft tissue injuries involve the ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Common soft tissue injuries include:
Find an orthopedist at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals or call (702) 616-4900 to receive compassionate care for muscle strains, sprains, and any other soft tissue injuries in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. If your soft tissue injury is a sports injury, our sports medicine experts can provide personalized treatment and get you back in the game.
There are both chronic and acute causes of soft tissue injuries. Acute injuries are due to sudden trauma such as twisting, slipping, sustaining a blow, or falling. Strains, sprains, and bruises are acute soft tissue injuries.
Chronic injuries are the result of repeatedly using a muscle or joint without adequate rest in between use. Tendinitis and bursitis are chronic soft tissue injuries. For instance, you can develop tendinitis around the elbow from daily physical labor or playing tennis frequently (tennis elbow).
Symptoms of a soft tissue injuries include:
For acute soft tissue injuries, rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) is a standard part of treatment. Use cold packs for no more than 20 minutes at a time and cover the injury with an ace wrap. When elevating, be sure the injury is above the level of the heart.
Your doctor may also recommend anti-inflammatory medicines. For severe soft tissue injuries, you may need physical therapy to rehabilitate the ligament, tendon, or muscle.
Resting from the repetitive activity and taking anti-inflammatory medicines may be recommended for severe injuries. In addition, range of motion exercises, splinting, and corticosteroid injections may help. Sometimes, surgery is necessary to repair the injury.
Fortunately, many soft tissue injuries are preventable by:
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals offers treatment for soft tissue injuries such as sprains and muscle strains in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.