The healing stages of soft tissue

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Soft tissue injuries are commonly categorized depending on the time frame since the injury and the healing processes that are occurring at that time.

Healig Stages

Acute – Protection Phase

The 1st acute stage is the #inflammatory stage and it is usually the first 72 hours of the initial injury. During this time allow your body to go through this process; with ice and rest being the recommended best practice.

Subacute – Repair Phase

The 2nd stage is known as the “regeneration or repair stage” (proliferation) collagen repairs begin by the fibroblasts. The fibroblast releases a collagen protein that glues the gap left by the torn tissues. Your ligaments and injured tissues begin to adhere or bridge. This is your best chance at recovering from soft tissue injuries; get on it early and be persistence using controlled manual manipulations.

Late Stage – Remodelling Phase

The 3rd stage is known as the remodeling stage, during this phase, the collagen protein glues that have been laid down for repair are remodeled in the direction of stress and strain. This means that the fibers in the tissue will become stronger, and will change their orientation from a damaged repaired tissue to more like the original undamaged tissue.

 Chronic Stage – Ongoing Repair and Remodelling

Proper #treatment during this remodeling phase is very necessary if the tissues are to get the best end product of healing. It is during this stage that the tissues regain strength ???? and alignment or lack thereof.

 How Does Treatment Vary Depend on the Phase?

Your treatment will vary depending on the needs and demands of your injury. Your Physical Therapist is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries and the best treatment plan for your injury and phase of healing.

 Our Approach

Dublin Sports Injury Clinic is a Physical Therapy Clinic based in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. We have a holistic approach to our assessment and treatment. The initial assessment helps us to explore the cause of your injury and help you to get pain free shortly and stop any further injuries. We will design a customized training program for you to start with, and we will coach you and monitor your progress closely. We will prescribe relative rest or modified activities as required. Depending on the individual requirement, we apply manual therapy accompanied by stretching to restore tissue elasticity and reduce the strain in the muscle-tendon unit with joint motion.

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Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. You can contact us if you would like to book an appointment or get some advice from our therapist.