December 9, 2019
Soft tissue injuries affect muscle, tendons and ligaments. Strains and sprains are the most common and fall into two basic categories:
- Acute injuries such as a fall, twist or blow to the body.
- Overuse injuries occurring gradually overtime. Tendonitis and bursitis are common soft tissue overuse injuries.
Per the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) is very effective protocol for initial treatment.
Rest- Requires a break from activity that furthers pain. Outside of restrictions this can be achieved by OSHA’s Protective Limitations to prevent further injury.
Ice- Use cold packs 20 minutes at a time several times a day but never apply directly to the skin.
Compression- An elastic compression bandage will reduce swelling and blood loss. Back braces are not recommended in prevention or treatment as they cause decreased use of core muscles leading to increased chance of injury.
Elevation- Reduce swelling by resting affected area above the heart if possible.
Tylenol, naproxen and ibuprofen should be used to manage pain in soft tissue injuries. They should be taken at dosages recommended on the label. Ibuprofen and Aleve are preferred if there is no medical reason not to take them. They work at the site of an injury to decrease inflammation and swelling.
Call Career Pro Occupational Express @ 901-888-1131 to manage your first aid and complicated soft tissue injuries. We also provide tetanus vaccinations, suturing, stapling, wounds and infections, simple fractures, treatment of eye injuries, concussions and non-complicated head injuries.