Doctors for Soft Tissue Injury Management in North Paravur, Kochi
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Soft Tissue Injuries (STIs) are injuries or trauma to the soft tissues- muscles, tendons and ligaments. Causes of soft tissue injury are a sudden or an uncontrolled movement which results in damage to a soft tissue. Overstressing the tendons and muscles lead to strain and when the ligaments are damaged due to stress, it causes a sprain. The symptoms of STI include swelling, bruising and pain. Soft tissue swelling may delay the recovery process. In severe injuries, bone damages (fracture) might occur which is diagnosed using an X-ray. Treatment for soft tissue injury is based on the principle 'RICE' which should be followed in the first 48-72 hours to speed up the recovery process. R- Rest (Taking rest and avoiding painful activities), I- Ice (Ice packs should be used once in every 2 hours), C-Compression (A bandage should be used to compress the whole joint), E- Elevation (keep the limb elevated above the level of your heart, if possible). Heat, alcohol, massage and re-injury are to be avoided in the first 48-72 hours. Soft tissue management treatment could be done with gentle and stretching exercises as instructed by the physiotherapist. This should be done in order to reduce stiffness. After a few days, slowly increase the activity levels on the advice of the physiotherapist. The recovery time for STI is one to six weeks. However, this may vary according to age and general health.
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