Soft tissue problems
There are a wide range of soft tissue problems which may be diagnosed individually or simply be kept under the label of a ‘soft tissue problem’. Often soft tissue injuries and disorders are chronically painful and difficult to treat as it is hard to see and diagnose what is going on under the skin surrounding soft connective tissues such as joints, tendons and muscles.
Diagnosing Soft Tissue Problems
Some of the most regularly diagnosed soft tissue problems include:
- Soft tissue rheumatism
- Regional rheumatic disorders
Diagnosis in most instances includes a full physical examination from your GP which may include specific tests to judge the functionality and mobility in the painful area. You may also be referred for further testing and scans specific to the location of your pain.
Treating Soft Tissue Problems
Whilst the treatment for each soft tissue problem will be individual to your circumstances and its location, there are some overall principles that most doctors will recommend. Doctors will usually recommend extended periods of rest, stopping aggravating activities and if possible full immobilisation to minimise the chronic nature of the pain. If there is acute inflammation alongside the pain then cold compresses are recommended as is analgesia and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and possibly a prescription of corticosteroids.
Where bursitis is a problem you may be offered injections of corticosteroids and in some instances where the problem cannot be managed, surgery will be considered.
Living with Soft Tissue Problems
Whilst initial mobilisation and rest are recommended in the long term it will be advised that you take up gentle exercise to help build up strength in your muscles, in the hope that this will help alleviate the pain. This is also true when applied to ensuring you maintain a healthy weight as weight too much or too little can put unnecessary strain and stress on your muscles and other soft tissues.
Do you have questions regarding soft tissue problems?
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