About Soft Tissue Injuries
Sprains, strains, and contusions, as well as tendinitis and bursitis, are common soft-tissue injuries. These injuries often occur during sports and exercise activities, but sometimes simple everyday activities can also cause an injury. Soft-tissue injuries typically fall into two basic categories - acute injuries and overuse injuries. Acute injuries are caused by sudden trauma, such as a fall, twist or blow. Overuse injuries occur gradually over time when an activity is repeated so often that the areas affected don’t have enough time to heal between occurrences. Even with appropriate treatment, these injuries may require a prolonged amount of time to heal, so it’s important to see your provider to evaluate the severity of the injury for an appropriate treatment plan.
Soft Tissue Injury Treatment at UT Health Austin
In more severe cases it may be difficult to determine whether your bone is broken or if there has been a complete tear of a ligament it is recommended you go to an emergency room or see your physician as quickly as possible after an injury occurs. Upon evaluation or your injury which may including x-rays, your treatment may vary depending on the extent of the damage. For less severe injuries following the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and sometimes physical therapy exercises are appropriate to heal and regain strength in the affected area. Moderate sprains often require a period of bracing to provide stability. The most severe injuries may require surgery to repair torn ligaments. Throughout the course of your treatment, your care team will work with you to understand the risks and benefits and what you can expect throughout your recovery.
Care Team Approach
We have assembled a team of experts that includes hip and knee orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time.For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medication and injections can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.