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