A Soft Tissue Injury (STI)happens when your muscles, tendons and ligaments get damaged because of a sprain or strain. It happens when one overuses or put too much stress on a particular joint. As a result the pain accompanied by bruising or swelling. STI is a very common problem and it can easily be remedied as long as the pain that accompanies it is not severe.
When STI occurrs, an immediate response applying the principle of “PRICE” would make a big difference. PRICE means Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. After an injury, the patient should be prevented from making any movements as it allows to prevent further damage. If the patient feels the pain, when he/she bends or walks then he/she should avoid these movements. If absolutely necessary, crutches may be used. Icing minimizes the pain and the swelling especially during the first 3 days after the injury has occurred. Ice is placed on the affected area for 15-20 minutes at a time every waking hour. Take a note that if you have diabetes or poor blood circulation, you must consult your doctor first before applying a cold pack. Pressure is applied to compress the injured area to control bleeding and swelling. Elevation of the affected area also minimizes the bleeding and swelling. Raise the affected area above the heart level for the first 72 hours or until the swelling would subside.
The “PRICE” management is effective but other treatments may be necessary if the patient experiences extreme pain that lasts for more than 24 hours. A health care professional would be able to make a diagnosis and recommend treatments. Treatments include chiropractic, physical therapy and massage therapy. If a patient suffers from severe pain, prescription medications might be necessary along with a rehabilitation program.
Chiropractic rehabilitation helps to rapidly solve the problem of injuried muscles, tendons and ligaments. One of the chiropractic specialties for such treatments is called ART or Active Release Techniques. Patient would be amazed at how fast your recovery would be if you go for a chiropractic adjustment, ART and Physical Therapy Modalities. It is a hands-on approach that locates then eliminates the scar tissues. The Graston Technique is a treatment using different stainless steel tools and it can be even more effective than ART. The Graston Technique uses instruments to treat the affected areas suffering from chronic inflammation or fibrosis of the soft tissues. SASTM is another chiropractic tool used that is made of acrylic instead of stainless steel as used on the Graston Technique. But, in some cases, in order to get the best result in treatment, both set of tools may be used on the patient as well as different modalities.
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