Soft tissue injuries are injuries related to the soft tissues of the body (muscle, tendon, ligament and nerve). Specific diagnosis can be made by our Physiotherapists to determine what structure is involved and how advanced or severe the sprain, strain or tear is. This is an area of expertise for physiotherapists and encompasses the whole body.
Once a diagnosis is made, specific treatment advice can be given. When it comes to treating ligament sprains, our team of Physiotherapists are highly experienced, so you can be assured you are receiving a first class service.
Symptoms Of Ligament Sprains
A Ligament Strain is caused by a traumatic stress being placed on the joint which can strain or in some cases completely tear the ligament. The location of your tear will vary on the sports you play and the direction of the force. For example, square or tennis players may experience a high incidence of hand sprain.
Depending on the degree of damaged symptoms such as bruising, pain, swelling and reduced movement will be seen. In some cases small fractures, known as an avulsion fracture may occur. This requires an x-ray to confirm and may result in an adjustment to your treatment plan.
Treatment of Ligament Sprains
Protect, Optimally load, Ice, Compression and Elevation will become your new mantra! While protecting the injury from further damage, ice should be applied, ensuring to apply for no greater than 20 minutes. It is important to not apply ice directly to the skin as this may result in a burn.
A bandage should be applied to help limit and reduce swelling while providing a protective function for the joint. The injury should be elevated above waist height, for at least as long as you are icing it which will further help reduce swelling.
Treatment will then depend on the grade and severity of the injury. As soon as the individual is ready and comfortably, our physiotherapists will begin a specific hands on rehabilitation program tailored to your needs.
Our Physiotherapists have a great deal of specific clinical experience in the management of soft tissue injuries.
Initially, our chartered physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment to determine the grade of your sprain, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover.
Our highly skilled Physiotherapists will provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to treat your injury, reducing your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.