Soft tissue injuries refer to pulls, tears, and contusions on muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These types of injuries are sometimes acquired overtime with repetitive movements you do for work. These types of injuries which are acquired overtime is also referred to as cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), repetitive strain injury (RSI), or simply overexertion/overuse injury. It can also be a result from receiving a blow, overusing or straining a body part, or getting a sprain through a single incident such as a fall or a slip.
An anterior cruciate ligament injury or torn ACL as well as a shoulder joint tear from an accident while operating machineries at work are examples of single injury-causing incidents. As for soft tissue injuries that have been accumulated overtime, it commonly represents itself as carpal tunnel syndrome. This is the feeling of numbness and tingling sensation in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve on the wrist of office workers. For laborers on the other hand, issues such as back strain are the cause.
If you are thinking that you may be suffering from such injuries, you may notice immediate pain that is accompanied by immediate or delayed swelling. Additionally, you may feel stiffness especially if trauma and swelling is involved. And if the joint is a weight bearing joint, you may suffer from instability if you experience such issues.
For people who suffer from soft tissue injuries, they often refer to a chiropractic blog to do a self-diagnose or research on what may be involved if they decide to go for treatment. Whiplash is among the common soft tissue injuries that most people suffer from and want to know more about. Additionally, torn ligaments in the shoulder, knees, and ankle joints, back strains, sprains, contusions, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tenosynovitis, tendonitis, and myofascial pain are also amongst the list of the most common injuries when it comes to soft tissues.
This is mainly the reason why the demand for products such as the therapeutic pillow is highly in demand. As it can increase the comfort and provide support for both the head and neck and thus it upholds the spine’s natural bend for the duration of the user’s sleep.
Soft tissue injuries can be graded as:
1. Low grade injury which needs only one to two weeks to recover.
2. High grade injury which will require three to four weeks to recover.
3. Grade three injuries which are the most severe grade and requires immediate assessment and ensuing treatment.