Wednesday, 28 January 2015

How Muscle and Soft Tissue Injuries Truly Heal

Here is a wonderful article that discusses the stages of healing any type of muscle or soft tissue injury.

To properly treat any muscle or soft tissue injury, a basic understanding on the four stages of healing and how the body responds during injury is needed. Proper evaluation of the wound to determine the extent of the damage will be the key factor in managing the healing process.

The condition of the wound is determined by the following factors:
  • type of activity that led to the injury
  • amount of impact to the injury site
  • areas of the body that are affected
  • bacteria contamination
  • general health of the individual afflicted with the injury
In addition to the affects of the direct trauma, additional micro trauma will be suffered by tissue surrounding the site of injury. In many cases, the extent of the overall injury is greater than one perceives - which is why it is important to take a comprehensive approach to healing. 
The body, in its attempt to achieve a balanced state, results in "stress" being shifted from the site of injury to surrounding muscles and soft tissue. This causes additional discomfort for the individual. As an example, people who suffer a knee injury that is not properly treated, eventually experience pain and discomfort in the lower back, opposite hip, the piriformis muscle, the other knee, etc. The weight is shifted away from the direct injury to other parts of the body to help protect the injury from more burden.
This makes healing an injury a great challenge for some and can lead to a cycle of injury and re-injury. However, with the right tools and the right information, healing can be accomplished.

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