What is Soft tissue?
Soft tissue refers to any tissue that connects, envelops, or supports bones or organs in the body. Tendons, muscles, and ligaments are examples of soft tissues that are most prone to injury.
What Causes Soft Tissue Damage?
Soft tissue injuries can occur to areas of the body where there is trauma, but a bone is not broken. These injuries can result in sharp pain and limit movement and function of the affected area. Soft tissue injuries typically involve a sprain or strain to muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments and are often seen in patients who have been involved in auto or motorcycle accidents.
Can Soft Tissue Injuries Cause Permanent Damage?
In some cases, yes. Without proper treatment, the damage can be so severe that the tissue never properly heals. Many people are quick to dismiss sprains and strains as minor, insignificant injuries. However, regardless of the severity, it’s always wise to seek the professional opinion of a trained medical specialist to establish a recovery plan. Especially so when the injury has affected the neck or spine.
The main problem with this type of injury is that until the affected tissue is COMPLETELY healed, it is extremely prone to re-injury. This is why you often hear of athletes having “season-ending injuries.” If they were to re-injure the same area, the effects could be catastrophic, with the level of damage multiplying exponentially.
Another issue arises if the tissue heals incorrectly. Without proper medical supervision, scar tissue can quickly build up and take over the affected area, resulting in even more pain and loss of functionality.
How Are Soft Tissue Injuries Treated?
There are several ways to treat spinal soft tissue injuries. Here at Spine Health & Wellness, we utilize a combination of the following techniques, allowing the patient to recover as quickly and painlessly as possible.
- Spinal manipulative therapy– This method increases the range-of-motion at the joint space that typically stiffens after a traumatic injury.
- Rehabilitation exercise therapy- This process utilizes exercises in order to stimulate tissue regrowth after an injury.
- Active resistance technique (ART)– The ART technique is a form of muscle manipulation that breaks down scar tissue. It minimizes spasms in the muscle to avoid further build-up and inflammation post-injury.
The combination of these techniques minimizes recovery time, meaning the patient is able to get back in action as soon as possible.
Soft Tissue Treatment in Irving, Texas
If you’ve recently been in an accident or suffered an injury to your back or neck, We can get you back to peak physical condition. The specialists here at Spine Health & Wellness will create a state of the art custom treatment plan to not only help you heal from the existing injury but also prevent further damage down the road. Our team of skilled doctors and chiropractic experts have decades of shared experience and are dedicated to providing award-winning spinal care to the Irving area. Click here to schedule an appointment today!