Virtually all injuries are Soft Tissue in nature. That means that a muscle, tendon, ligament or fascia is irritated or inflamed and thus ultimately causes pain.
Soft tissue injuries all present the same and can take up to or over 3 months to completely heal. The sooner you address the issue, the faster you can remedy and heal it.
*Within the first 24-72 hours after injury, you should notice inflammation. This can present as redness, the area feeling hot, swelling or simply just pain.
*The next phase is the "stringy" phase, which can last upwards of 2 weeks. The tissue will feel tense and "guitar string-like" to the touch.
*The third phase is described as lumpy tissue. When you or a healthcare professional palpate the area of injury, a firm, tender lumpy can be felt. This is because the edge areas of the defect in the muscle or fascia begins to enlarge as it begins to heal and the body lays down fibrous tissue as support - also known as adhesions or scar tissue.
*The last tissue change is a leathery change that changes slowly. The defect tissue gets firm and spreads to surrounding tissues giving it a leathery feel.
All these changes occur in order.
HOWEVER, you can treat these injuries. There are techniques available such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston that can help you achieve a pain free status much faster and effectively than just at home icing and stretching alone.
With that said, Dr. Beth has taken Graston courses as well as Lower Extremity and Spinal muscle certificate courses in ART and will be taking the Upper Extremity course in May.
Due to this, we will be closed the week of Memorial Day - May 25-29th as Dr. Beth must travel out of state for this course/certificate.