Fractures, Sprains, Strains & BruisesChartered Physiotherapy in Blackpool, St. Annes, Lytham, Poulton, Cleveleys and Fleetwood
What is a soft tissue injury?
Soft tissue injuries occur when trauma or overuse takes a toll on your muscles, tendons or ligaments. Most happen when you make an unexpected or uncontrolled movement (like stepping awkwardly and twisting your ankle), but some can be the result of chronically fatigued structures or fractures to your bones, where the soft tissue around another injury tries to adapt.
What’s the difference between a sprain and a strain?
Tendons are a fibrous material that attaches muscles to bones. Injuries from over-stretching these bands are known as a “strain”. Ligaments are fibrous bands that hold bones together – so injuries from over-stretching these bands are referred to as a “sprain”. Both types of injury are very common, and can happen from playing sport, or being at home or at work.
What are the symptoms of a sprain or strain?
You’ll usually immediately feel pain, followed by swelling, and possibly some stiffness. Bruising can also develop after around 24 to 48 hours. Depending on the severity you may also experience instability, particularly on weight bearing joints like your hips, knees and ankles – normally indicating that you may have torn or ruptured a tendon or ligament supporting your bones. The length of recovery is normally short for less severe soft tissue injuries, ranging up to several months for the highest graded sprains and strains. Your rehabilitation is also dependent on what you do for a living and if you play sport. Our expert team can guide you through this when adapting your treatment plan if you choose to have physiotherapy.
How do you treat a sprain or strain?
With severe trauma there may also be a fracture – something which A&E can initially diagnose. There are plenty of ways for you to ease your symptoms and decrease recovery time during the first few hours after you sustained the injury (such as the PRICE regime). After that, you may want to consult an experienced physiotherapist. Our experienced team can thoroughly assess your injury and confirm both the diagnosis and extent of the damage. We’ll provide you with sound advice, and a mix of hands-on treatment and exercises to hasten an effective recovery, as well as helping to protect you from further injury in the future. We’ll take into account your lifestyle, including any sports you play, tailoring the treatment you follow at every step to get the best results.