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Physiotherapy And Soft Tissue Injuries

Dr. Vishwas Virmani 91% (20317 ratings)
Physiotherapist, Noida
Physiotherapy And Soft Tissue Injuries

A soft tissue injury occurs due to overuse of ligaments, muscles or tendons. Most cases of soft tissue injuries occur due to uncontrolled or unexpected movement. A Certain example of the same includes awkward stepping of foot and getting the ankles rolled. Soft tissue injury can also happen from overuse of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The example of the same includes using the same hand for heavy lifting day after day. Certain soft structures of the body that are prone to injuries are Achilles tendons and calf muscle.

Difference Between a Sprain and a Strain:

A strain is defined as a trauma that occurs to the tendons or muscles because of overstretching. Tendons are soft in nature and are responsible tying the muscle and the bone together. Sprain, on the other hand, are trauma caused due to overstretching of the ligaments. There exist 3 severity levels: grade 1 is mild tenderness and minimal stretching of the soft tissue, grade 2 is a tear of fiber resulting in swelling and moderate pain, grade 3 is a rupture of the soft tissue resulting in sharp pain, deep swelling and immobility of the affected area.

Pre-medical Care:

Immediately after the injury, certain things such as total rest and immobility should be ensured, an ice pack should be applied to the structure, compression, and elevation should be ensured in order to avoid any major damage to the soft tissue. Certain things that hamper the healing process immediately after the injury include applying heat to the injured area, consumption of liquor, exercising or running with an injured condition and massaging the injured area.

Physiotherapy For Soft Tissue Injury:

  1. Pain Relief: The first task for a physician is to ensure that the level of pain comes down. Although this is the primary task of a medical practitioner, physiotherapists ensure that the pain does not aggravate to an unbearable level. They recommend certain movements and advice against some movements which could do harm to the injured structure.

  2. Full Structure Movement: The immediate goal of a physiotherapist is to ensure that the full movement of the injured structure is regained at the earliest. This includes identifying abnormalities, verifying the range of motion and suggests corrective exercises ensure that the full movement of the soft tissue can be regained without having to go through the hassle of a surgery.

  3. Muscle Strengthening: While the injured structure is in the process of healing, physiotherapists ensure that the surrounding muscles support the tendon and the ligament by binding well. This is done by suggesting very individualistic exercise for the muscle to hold up. It also negates the possibility of a recurring injury at the same place.

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What should I follow to prevent giant cell tumor at proximal femur and soft tissue?

Dr. Jagdish Shinde 89% (219 ratings)
MD - Radiothrapy, MBBS
Oncologist, Pune
If giant cell tumor is there then surgery is a standard treatment. There is no any specific thing we can do to prevent recurrence of the disease. You can do regular follow up with you doctor for early detection.
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Sir I am a stomach cancer patient. malignant,6bits of grey White soft tissue. A/ Noma,tubulartype. Stage? Treatment?spreading growth, time?.is surgery necessary for me? Sir please reply me.

Oncologist, Villupuram
Need a CT scan and assess operability. And diagnostic laparoscopy and surgery when able to give good tumour clearance.
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Axilla soft swelling fnac report is smears show mature adipocytes and fibroadpose tissues. Impression. Possible lipoma is suggest. What is this please help me.

Dr. Chandrakanth Mv 90% (126 ratings)
MBBS, MD(General Medicine), Fellowship Hemato - Oncology (Hemat-Oncology), DM(Medical Oncology), DNB(Medical Oncology)
Oncologist, Kolkata
Lipoma is a benign swelling if you are having any symptoms undergo surgery if not having any symptoms, no need to do anything.
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Physiotherapy and Soft Tissue Injuries - What Should You Know

Wellness Diploma, MBA (Healthcare), BPTh/BPT, Post Graduate Specialization In Preventive Health Care
Physiotherapist, Delhi
Physiotherapy and Soft Tissue Injuries - What Should You Know

Soft Tissue Injuries occur when soft body tissues of the likes of muscular tissue, ligaments or tendons receive a dose of stress or strain caused by sudden impact, which is far greater than the load the soft tissues are able to withstand. The occurrences of soft tissue injuries are far greater than the probabilities of suffering a fracture, as the soft tissues absorb the majority of the impact, before passing it onto the bones. Swelling, edema, tendon or ligament break, etc. are some of the immediate effects observed following a soft tissue injury in the majority of victims.

If the whole process of tissue damage to regeneration new tissue is observed, this is how the process would appear to us:

  1. Damage to the tissue would almost immediately be followed by bleeding internally, and inflammation, which would be highly painful if touched. The damaged tissue would then be gradually removed and replaced with a live, healthy tissue by the body, without any external intervention.
  2. Based on the severity and extent of damage, the process of removal and repair can take a few weeks to a couple of months. This transition is highly painful and tends to affect the normal functioning of the whole surrounding region, irrespective of how minuscule the damage may seem.
  3. The duration when remodeling of the tissue occurs, is most susceptible to fresh damage, as the live cells are not yet ready to develop the full potential of stress-bearing capability. The remodeling phase generally does not require any external aid in the form of supportive drug therapy or physical therapy.
  4. Though the application of physiotherapy in soft tissue injuries are sometimes contested, physical therapy may come in handy for patients who put up a delayed response in regeneration than usual. Physiotherapy takes care of the little details such as an inability to resume normal body functions, as well as stiffness of the affected area. Physical therapy ensures normal blood flow has been restored, a stiffness of the surrounding soft tissues is addressed, and normal functioning of the area begins to restore.
  5. Generally, patients who experience a disrupted mechanism of removal and repair of soft tissues require any sort of medical help in the form of drugs and/or physical therapy. While drugs reduce the turnaround time in terms of boosting the chemical balance, physiotherapy addresses the trauma experienced by the patients. In addition, physiotherapy may indirectly boost the activity of chemical mediators which further speeds up the recovery process as a whole.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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My brother had an accident around 2 years back and had 3 surgeries Right now he is having severe pain in the elbow and restricted motion. Different doctors are giving different opinions for next surgery like 1. Bone grafting 2. Soft tissue release etc.

Dr. Julie Mercy J David 92% (9369 ratings)
Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
My brother had an accident around 2 years back and had 3 surgeries
Right now he is having severe pain in the elbow an...
Apply ice in the painful area which would definitely help to greater extent. And you can wear elbow brace which would help you to keep your elbow warm and will give you protection. You can do hot water fermentation/ wax therapy for elbow pan and restricted movements and manipulation after doing wax therapy will be good to have further range of motion and that will help you to reduce the pain and to improve with movement.
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What precaution should I take in soft tissue injury. I have soft tissue injury in my left knee. What precaution should I take?

Dr. Amar Deep 91% (13386 ratings)
Homeopath, Kolkata
What precaution should I take in soft tissue injury. I have soft tissue injury in my left knee. What precaution shoul...
Restriction of movement for your injury on knee. Keep the area clean - do bandaging. Take Arnica - twice daily for few days.
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I have neck pain since 1and half year, 15 days back I have gone for a surgery called biopsy, the biopsy report shows a white grey soft tissue bits altogether measuring 1.8×1.4×0.5 cm, then what I have to do? Please give me a suggestion, thank you.

Dr. Jyoti Goel 91% (6321 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education (DNHE), Diploma in Clinical Cosmetology
General Physician, Noida
Biopsy report told by you is showing only description of tissue and not mentioning report and i did not understand why you went for biopsy for neck pain, is any swelling present?
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3.7 mm dense focus seen in the right pelvis - Soft tissue classification / calculus. Urinary bladder is mildly distended . NO focal lesion seen. Prostate is normal in size and attenuation. No focal lesion seen. Please advise if I need surgery or just medicine?

Dr. Bhagyesh Patel 93% (8331 ratings)
MS - General Surgery, FMAS.Laparoscopy
General Surgeon, Gandhinagar
3.7 mm dense focus seen in the right pelvis - Soft tissue classification / calculus.
Urinary bladder is mildly disten...
Respected lybrate-user hi dear if it's confirm 3.7 mm then no surgery at all just medicines only dear thanks regards.
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He has been diagnosed with a 56x39 mm well defined mass lesion in anterior mediastinum. The lesion shows soft tissue, fats n dense calcification as per CT scan. It's suggestive of teratoma. What to do now? We don't want surgery. Can it be dissolved by medicines! we are very much worried. Pls help.

Dr. Shriniwas Deshpande 89% (926 ratings)
MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Pune
Teratoma cannot be dissolved by any medicine. Surgery is recommended to treat the pressure symptoms and adequate tissue is available for precise diagnosis and staging if required.
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