Soft Tissue Injuries: What Are They and How to Recover Faster

Soft tissues such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments connect, support, and/or surrounds the bones within the body. When these tissues are forced to move beyond their normal range of motion or are exposed to prolonged strain, injury can occur.

Types of Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue injuries generally fall into one of two categories; acute or overuse injuries.

Acute soft tissue injuries occur when a particular area of the body is subjected to extreme stress or trauma without sufficient force to break a bone. These types of injuries are typical results of sports or auto accidents. The high speed and the force of an impact can cause whiplash, sprains, and torn ligaments.

Overuse soft tissue injuries, on the other hand, are not the result of a single traumatic event. Instead, they develop gradually over time. Cervical tendonitis and bursitis often develop in the neck with months of repetitive movements or constant strain.

How to Recover as Quickly as Possible

If you know you have suffered a soft tissue injury, the best thing you can do is immediately start a self-care routine involving rest, icing, elevating, and, if needed, over-the-counter pain relievers. In about a week or two, most mild soft tissue injuries will heal themselves.

However, if you’ve suffered severe trauma to the back or neck or have chronic soft tissue pain, the fastest route to recovery involves Medical attention. Here at Spine Health and Wellness, we have developed a state of the art treatment program that has been proven to accelerate the recovery process of spinal soft tissue injuries significantly. 

Our skilled doctors may choose to perform one or a combination of the following treatment techniques depending on the type and severity of your injuries.

  • Active resistance technique (ART)– The ART technique uses muscle manipulation to break down existing scar tissue. ART can help to minimize muscle spasms helping to prevent further build-up from forming and inflammation post-injury.
  • Spinal manipulative therapy– This method involves a combination of massaging, manipulating applying controlled thrusts to the synovial joints in order to increases the range-of-motion that typically stiffens after a soft tissue injury. 
  • Rehabilitation exercise therapy– This process employs spinal exercises and stretches to strengthen muscles and stimulate regrowth of soft tissue after an injury.

Utilization of these proven techniques along with your at-home self-care routine is the best way to shorten your recovery time after an accident and get back to your daily routine, pain-free. 

Spine Health and Wellness Can Help You

If you’ve recently been involved in an accident or suffered an injury to your neck or back, don’t hesitate to seek professional treatment. At Spine Health and Wellness, our expert team of doctors and chiropractic therapists specialize in treating soft tissue injuries. We are ready and willing to help you find the perfect treatment plan to get you back in action as soon as possible. For years we have been providing the residents of Irving, Texas, with comprehensive and conservative treatments that not only treat injuries but also benefit overall health and well-being. Click here to schedule an appointment today!

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