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Managment of soft tissue injury

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    Phomolo P.
    Phomolo P.

    A Soft tissue injury (STI) is the damage of muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, a one off blow resulting in a contusion or overuse of a particular part of the body. Immediately after the injury occurs one should apply the PRICE principle to minimize the local tissue damage and reduce inflammation. "P"rotection "R"est "I"ce "C"ompression "E"levation ’PROTECTION’ Protect the individual from further injury by preventing them from moving and keep further hazards away from the individual. ‘REST’ Rest the individual from any activity that causes pain. If simple movements such as bending, straightening or walking are causing pain ‘’rest’’ means immobilizing the injury by splinting or preventing weight bearing with crutches is essential. If walking does not cause any pain, continue to walk for short distances as comfort allows. ’ICE’ During the first 72 hours following an injury, ice can be applied to help minimize pain and control swelling caused by bleeding and fluid loss from the injured tissue . Icing is recommended for 15 minutes every 4 hours to help control the swelling and pain. ‘COMPRESSION’ Compression is the application of pressure over the injured area with the use of a bandage, elastic wrap or compression tape. This is to control the initial bleeding of joint or limb tissues, or to reduce residual swelling . It is vital that compression is applied within the first few minutes following the injury to see the benefits. ‘ELEVATION’ Used in combination with ice and compression, elevation can also minimize initial tissue bleeding and swelling. Elevate the injured part above the level of the heart as much as possible for the first 72hours, or longer if the swelling persists.

    Zachary B.
    Zachary B.

    What are different styles to the management of soft tissue injury?

    Rk S.
    Rk S.

    Managment of soft tissue injury Be aware of the most appropriate forms of injury management available e.g. RICE, active rest, physiotherapy, massage, stretching, cryotherapy/ice, electrotherapy, surgery etc. The RICE program for immediate treatment of acute (soft tissue) injury: To manage the chances of full recovery (first 48-72 hours following injury), observe the acronym: physiotherapy, massage, stretching, cryotherapy/ice, electrotherapy, surgery etc. NO H - Heat: no showers, heat rubs such as Deep Heat. NO A - Alcohol: alcohol increases swelling. NO R - Running: no running or exercising as it stimulates blood flow. NO M - Massage: of the site in the first 48-72 hours.

    Muhammad S.
    Muhammad S.

    That's very easy way to treat a Plyer injuries with the help of RICES technique.

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