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Musculoskeletal / Soft Tissue Injuries


Managing back and neck pain, soft tissue injuries

Musculoskeletal refers to most of the structures which hold our bodies together and help it to move – these include: muscles, bones, joints, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and spinal discs.
Common Musculoskeletal Conditions include:
Post-op orthopaedic rehabilitation
Sporting and acute workplace injuries:
Muscle tears, inflammation and strains of ligaments, joint and tendons; and joint cartilage problems are common but debilitating afflictions which really slow us down.
Physiotherapy treatment promotes a quicker recovery by reducing pain and swelling and stiffness, allowing for a faster and safer return to work, sports and other activities
Shoulder pain and dysfunction:
Often shoulder problems are complex, and result from long term muscle imbalances which we were either unaware of, or  were asymptomatic for many years.
Physiotherapy can successfully rehabilitate your shoulder issues through skillful biomechanical assessment and working with you to stretch, strengthen, realign and stabilize your problematic shoulder.
We’ll devise an individualized rehab program specific to your individual problem/s.
Knee Pain:
Whether a result of injury, wear and tear or arthritic conditions, knee pain is a very common issue.  Physiotherapy is very effective for settling knee pain, and for determining the root cause of your problem. Whilst we can’t undo the degenerative changes associated with arthritis – we can settle the pain, and get your muscles working well again – and get you back on track.
Neck Pain and Headaches:
Headaches, neck and shoulder pain are often caused by inflammation of joints, muscles and nerves in the neck.
Your Physiotherapist at CCSP will help relieve the pains and aches, and will work with you to help prevent recurrence by looking at your posture and other factors which may be attributing to your neck /headache issues.
Back Pain and Sciatica:
These can be serious issues which require a skilled Physiotherapist to assess and treat for a timely recovery.
X Rays and scans are helpful – but don’t always tell the whole story of why your spine is in pain.
Your Physiotherapist at CCSP will not only give you relief of your symptoms, we will work hard to get to the root cause of your problem. We will address your core strength and stability, as well as muscle imbalances, and physical habits or behaviours that may be aggravating your problem.
The physiotherapists at CCSP are skilled at assessing your musculoskeletal problem, and planning an individual treatment and rehabilitation program.

managing back and neck pain

Soft tissue injury
Soft tissue injury is injury to any of the soft tissues of the body. Soft tissue injury may occur in the skin –  a contusion, in the muscle – a strain, fascia (connective tissue beneath the skin) tendons and ligaments,  – a sprain.

Soft tissue injuries often stem from overuse and repetitive stress injuries, which can lead to tendonitis, bursitis and other types of inflammation.

Sprains refer to damage or tearing of ligaments, strains are damage or tearing of muscles. Athletes are very prone to these injuries because they put repeated pressure on their joints. When excessive force is applied to a joint as in running and jumping, ligaments can become torn and a sprain results. Strains, often called a pulled muscle, occur from over exertion or improper lifting techniques.

A Soft tissue injury is painful and requires physiotherapy intervention. It is important to rest the area and give it time to heal. Athletes are often reluctant to do this and continue to train despite pain and injury. This is unwise, as the injury can be exacerbated and take a longer time to heal.

At CCSP we will conduct an evaluation which would involve getting your medical history, prior level of activity, mechanism of injury and your goals for post recovery. The physical examination will include an assessment of range-of-motion, depending on the nature of the injury, strength and biomechanics.
Therapy will focus on pain management with the use of ice, ultrasound and manual therapy to relax muscles. The strained area may be taped or wrapped to reduce swelling and prevent bleeding in the tissues. When symptoms decrease, stretching and strengthening exercises may begin. We will guide you in performing these safely and may also give you a home exercise program so you can continue stretching after your treatment is over.

It is important to pay attention to your body signals. Ceasing activity when you feel pain or overexertion is a wise decision as this may be a sign that something is wrong. At CCSP our Physiotherapists are trained to help you get the most out of your activities and to minimise the risks of injury.

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