Soft tissue injuries affect the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and commonly occur as result of a sprain: a tear or rupture of your ligaments, or a strain: a tear or rupture of your muscles or tendons. Both can occur as a result of infection, trauma or more commonly through a sports injury.
The symptoms of a soft tissue injury usually include pain, swelling, bruising and tenderness. Symptoms can range from being fairly mild to extremely painful. In most cases they will gradually worsen over time, but they can also come on suddenly and severely as the result of an accident. In either instance you should always seek advice from your GP or local accident and emergency department.
In most cases soft tissue injuries will respond well to RICE: rest, ice, compression and elevation. Depending on the severity of your injury you may need keep the joint still and wear a support. Your GP might also recommend a course of physiotherapy to strengthen your injured joint and avoid future damage.
If these treatments fail to improve your injury, your GP may consider referring you to an orthopaedic surgeon, such as Mr Nirav Shah, for a consultation. Orthopaedic surgery is an effective form of treatment for more complex soft tissue injuries, and while a GP referral is helpful you can contact us directly to book your initial consultation.
Mr Shah is very experienced when it comes to treating soft tissue injuries affecting the hip and knee. In most cases arthroscopy – a type of keyhole surgery – can repair damaged soft tissues with minimal discomfort and recovery times. Cortisone injections can also help to relieve persistent pain and inflammation.
You can lessen your risk of experiencing a soft tissue injury by targeted exercise, to keep your muscles strong and warming up before any exercise; good technique and footwear is also important, and protective clothing such as knee protectors will give your joints some extra protection in the event of a fall or collision.
If you’d like help or advice for a soft tissue injury, please call our friendly team on 01903 707373 or contact us using our online form.