Problems and pain in the body’s soft tissue can be short-lived and easily treated. It can also be indicative of a more serious, chronic or long-term condition. There are a large number of different soft tissue problems. You may get a singular diagnosis, or you may find the label soft tissue problem is all that is necessary. Soft tissue problems can be unbearably painful but they can be difficult to treat. Often soft tissue pain is connected with the joints, muscles or tendons in the surrounding area.
Common Soft Tissue Problems
There are many soft tissue problems and here are some of the most common ones:
- Rheumatic disorders
- Soft tissue rheumatism
For a full diagnosis your GP may refer you to a consultant rheumatologist or specialist rheumatology clinic. Functionality and mobility tests will help determine the extent of your pain and where it may originate from.
Treatment for Soft Tissue Problems
Treatment for any soft tissue problem will be entirely individualised. It will depend on the circumstances of the patient, the location of the pain and whether there is a particular diagnosis. Treatment may include a combination of medications and therapies. Exercise can also help strengthen the muscles so is worth incorporating into your day to day life. Stronger muscles can help reduce the pain for many and it can help reduce stress and strain around the painful area.
Understanding Soft Tissue Pain
You may or may not know that the pain you’re experiencing is due to a soft tissue problem. This is why it is important to speak to your healthcare team in depth about the pain. Mention any other symptoms too to help rule out any other conditions and you’ll be on your way to diagnosis where possible, and an effective treatment plan.
To discuss your pain or arrange an appointment with Dr Barrett, please contact her secretary directly.