Treating Soft Tissue Damage
From weekend warriors to the top athletes from every sport, we know that tendinitis can lead to degeneration of the collagen fibers that make up your tendons. We also know that the chronic pain that develops as a result of tendinitis and other injuries can be successfully treated with soft tissue massage, stretching, icing and careful exercises. When the injury is more moderate and does not respond to the initial treatments, biologic injection therapy could be the answer.
Biologic injection therapy can provide a less invasive way to treat injuries, rather than traditional methods of cortisone and steroid injections or even major surgery. Studies have shown that joints that are repeatedly injected with cortisone show more damage to the articular cartilage surfaces, which protect the ends of bones. Steroid injections can prevent the inhibiting of protein metabolism, which reduces the activity in normal cells and leads to the weakening of tissues and possible tendon ruptures. The result, rather than working to actively heal the damaged tissue, the cortisone injection is really only masking the injury, and often greatly increasing the potential for more damage. Instead, our biologic treatments can enable the body to repair and regenerate itself, which accelerates the healing process in a natural way.
Here Are the Steps Our Physicians and Therapist Follow When Treating Soft Tissue Damage:
Perform an exam to both diagnosis and define the extent of each patients’ specific injury. If it does not require surgical repair, then:
- Ice to relieve pain.
- Perform a soft tissue massage and mobilization to reduce swelling and stimulate healing.
- Rest and bracing or compression with an appropriate exercise plan from our Performance & Rehabilitation Center to promote proper healing.
- Injections with growth factors/stem cells to promote healing and improve recovery