Muscle / Soft Tissue Injuries

Soft tissue pain can occur through a wide array of occupations – whether it is through a sporting involvement, general day-to-day use, or following occupational overuse at work. Soft tissue pain can have a chronic, acute or spontaneous onset. Your therapist will conduct an assessment to identify the location and type of pain, and consider treatment modalities most appropriate to your injury.

Soft tissue pain can indicate inflammation or chronic degeneration of a particular tendon or muscle, often increased with repetitive use. Generalised muscle tightness and the presence of aches and pains can potentially correlate with myofascial trigger points.

A myofascial trigger point, is considered a “focus of hyperirritability in a tissue. Trigger points develop primarily through prolonged posture or following an acute muscle injury. A trigger point is effectively a firm ‘knot’ within a muscle. It can become very tender under light pressure, or can present with a generalised muscle ache or pattern of referred pain – both when you are at rest, and when you are using a particular muscle group.

Common soft tissue injuries we treat at hand Works include:

  • Lateral epicondylitis
  • Medial epicondylitis
  • DeQuervains disease
  • Intersection syndrome
  • ECU tendinosis

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