Litchfield, MN 55355
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Muscle injuries are a common soft tissue injury. A severe soft tissue injury can keep you from participating in the sport that you love or even doing simple tasks. Common soft tissue injuries are muscle contusions, muscle strains, bursitis and tendonitis.
A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, elbow, or shoulder. Joints can be damaged by many types of injuries or diseases, including ligament sprains, arthritis, cartilage damage, degenerative joint disease, instability and dislocations.
Soft tissue and joint injuries are commonly treated and resolved through physical therapy or occupational therapy. Generally, therapy is the first treatment initiated after an injury before other more aggressive treatment approaches are used such as injections or surgery. The goal of therapy is to make daily tasks and activities easier by helping your joints to move better and to restore or increase your flexibility, strength, endurance, stability, coordination and balance. Therapy can also be helpful in facilitating faster and appropriate tissue healing.
Soft tissue and joint injuries are treated with exercises designed to restore motion and strength, modalities such as electrical therapy and ultrasound, designed to reduce pain and inflammation while promoting healing of the injured tissues. There are also manual therapies that will promote healing, reduce pain and allow the injured tissues to work properly. Ice and heat are also commonly used before or after exercise and manual therapy to maximize the benefits of treatment and reduce post-exercise soreness.
Each Meeker Memorial Hospital therapy treatment plan will be designed based on your unique body and your unique injury that is determined during a thorough evaluation by one of our Therapists.