Your body is an incredible thing. Although it looks like a collection of bones, tendons, and ligaments, it comes to life when you move.
But when things go wrong, you certainly know about it. Soft tissue injuries are a typical kind of injury that can put the brakes on your quality of life. But what exactly are they?
What Is A Soft Tissue Injury?
Soft tissue injuries refer to any injury of any internal soft tissue involved in the movement. Tendons, muscles, and ligaments are soft tissues in this regard.
Soft tissue injuries are usually the result of sporting injuries, although they can result from anything in your daily routine that puts excessive force or strain on the tissue.
People often take legal action after a crash because of damage to the soft tissue in their bodies. Exercise, however, is the main culprit.
Continually doing the same activities in your training routine can lead to muscle breakdown, excessive straining on ligaments, or a pulled tendon, causing pain and swelling. Prevalent are injuries to the Achilles tendon and the hamstrings at the back of the leg.
How Do You Know If You Have A Strain Or A Sprain?
Most laypeople use the words strain and sprain interchangeably. But they mean different things in a medical sense. Strain injuries refer to damage or trauma to tendons, the semi-stretchy tissue connecting muscles to bones.
On the other hand, sprains are injuries to ligaments, a similar kind of structure that links bones to bones. Medical professionals grade sprains and strains in three categories: mild, moderate, and severe, all characterized by different symptoms.
- Mild sprains often result in a small amount of pain while stretching and could indicate that some of the fibers in the tissue are broken. A small amount of swelling and tenderness can accompany these symptoms.
- Moderate-intensity sprains and strains are characterized by real, detectable tears in the muscle fiber and moderate swelling and pain. People with mild sprains and strains cannot apply force to the affected joint for long periods.
- Severe sprains, sometimes called “grade 3” sprains, involve total tendon or ligament material destruction. People with severe sprains or strains often cannot move the affected area without incurring pain.
How Long Does It Take To Recover?
Although soft tissue injuries might not seem as dramatic as broken bones or organ failure, but they can be highly debilitating and mean that people cannot go to work or continue their regular family duties.
One of the worst things about soft tissue injuries is how long they can take to recover, something that is particularly difficult for people who play sports professionally or rely on being able to move their bodies to work. How long it takes to recover depends on the severity of the sprain.
Mild sprains can usually be overcome between one and two weeks. Moderate sprains can take double that time. And severe sprains and strains often require many months for recovery and medical intervention.