Soft Tissue Injuries


 

 


What is a Soft Tissue Injury?

A Soft tissue injury is the damage of muscles, ligaments or tendons throughout the body. Some common examples include knee and ankle sprain, rotator cuff tendonitis, hip bursitis. Swelling, bruising, loss of function, and pain usually accompany soft tissue injuries. You may also have redness, loss of motion, and tenderness.

Some common soft tissue injuries are sprains and strains. A sprain is when a ligament gets overstretched and injured. It can produce swelling and inflammation of the affected area. A strain is equivalent to a sprain but involves tendons instead of ligaments. There are three degrees of sprains/ strains:

  • 1st degree - a microtearing of a ligament or tendon.
  • 2nd degree - a partial tearing of a ligament or tendon, which can cause minimal instability.
  • 3rd degree - a full tear of the ligament or tendon, which can cause severe instability, and may need surgery or immobilization.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

These injuries are most commonly referred to as overuse syndromes. It usually involves overuse of a muscle, tendon or ligament, caused by repetitive movements, and being in awkward position for a prolonged period of time. By not treating these conditions you can develop tears in the affected area. Stress injuries result in:

  • Contusion - a bruise where blood vessels are damaged by trauma and blood seeps into the region.
  • Tendinitis - inflammation of a tendon. Common tendonitis includes Rotator cuff, Achilles, and Patellar.
  • Bursitis - inflammation of a bursa, a small sac that eases friction between tendon and bone. Common areas of bursitis occur in elbows, knees,shoulders and hips.

Preventing Soft Tissue Injury

Individuals can not always prevent soft tissue injuries, especially during sport and exercise, but there are few ways to try minimizing your risk for injury:

  • always stretch before and after sport or exercise
  • warm up before and cool down after exercise
  • when feeling tired, take breaks
  • strengthen and condition muscles that are weak and prone to injury
  • regularly move around and stretch, refrain from being in any position for too long

It is also very important to learn the proper body mechanics for an exercise or sport. The risk of injury increases when practicing with poor form.

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What Makes Midtown East Special?

At Midtown East Physical Therapy our philosophy of care focuses on establishing an accurate diagnosis of the source responsible for your pain/symptoms. Once we have established a cause effect relationship by accurate palpation and assessment of the body we begin to treat using the latest in manual therapy from Counterstrain of the muscles, ligaments and tendons to Fascial Counterstrain of the Visceral system (Liver, Lungs, etc..) to spinal adjustments and deep tissue massage. Each patient receives a rehabilitation program customized to meet their individual needs. We don't just treat the symptoms, we find and eliminate the cause or in most cases causes.

The Physical Therapists at Midtown East have been and are currently trained by the pioneers of manual medicine. Dr. Dmitry Shestakovsky and Dr. Gregory Trakhtenberg have over 35 years of combined experience in performing extensive hands-on manual therapy evaluation and treatment. It is our strong belief that manual therapy is the most effective technique a physical therapist can utilize to diagnose and treat areas of dysfunction such as tight muscles and stiff joints. Many other facilities do not follow this philosophy of care performing little or no hands-on manual therapy.

While our bodies' structures are generally similar, each person possesses a unique set of individually developed body characteristics in terms of its posture, muscle tone and flexibility. We tailor your treatment program based on your individual traits while addressing your personal needs and goals. Our objectives are to diagnose your condition, assess your strengths and limitations, and put together an effective exercise program. 

Our goal is for the patient to achieve wellness and the only way to truly to do that is by manual therapy in a one on one setting. We look forward to welcoming you to the Midtown East PT family.

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Midtown East Physical Therapy

At Midtown East Physical Therapy our philosophy of care focuses on establishing an accurate diagnosis of the source responsible for your pain/symptoms. Once we have established a cause effect relationship by accurate palpation and assessment of the body we begin to treat using the latest in manual therapy from Counterstrain of the muscles, ligaments and tendons to Fascial Counterstrain of the Visceral system (Liver, Lungs, etc..) to spinal adjustments and deep tissue massage. Each patient receives a rehabilitation program customized to meet their individual needs. We don't just treat the symptoms, we find and eliminate the cause or in most cases causes.

The Physical Therapists at Midtown East have been and are currently trained by the pioneers of manual medicine. Dr. Dmitry Shestakovsky and Dr. Gregory Trakhtenberg have over 35 years of combined experience in performing extensive hands-on manual therapy evaluation and treatment. It is our strong belief that manual therapy is the most effective technique a physical therapist can utilize to diagnose and treat areas of dysfunction such as tight muscles and stiff joints. Many other facilities do not follow this philosophy of care performing little or no hands-on manual therapy.

While our bodies' structures are generally similar, each person possesses a unique set of individually developed body characteristics in terms of its posture, muscle tone and flexibility. We tailor your treatment program based on your individual traits while addressing your personal needs and goals. Our objectives are to diagnose your condition, assess your strengths and limitations, and put together an effective exercise program. 

Our goal is for the patient to achieve wellness and the only way to truly to do that is by manual therapy in a one on one setting. We look forward to welcoming you to the Midtown East PT family.


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Our practice has 3 convenient locations in New York City including a Midtown location and two Brooklyn locations.

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We accept major insurance providers. For more information, please call the office. 

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