An Athlete’s Guide to Soft Tissue Injuries

Organized sports are excellent for helping people of all ages enjoy getting regular physical activity throughout the year. Unfortunately, participating in these great activities can place stress on your joints and soft tissues that may lead to injury. Below are listed some common soft tissue injuries and how they can be treated either at home or by an experienced orthopedic surgeon .

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Sprain and Strain

It is very common to confuse the meanings of sprain and strain . A sprain is an injury to a ligament, or the tough bands of soft tissue that connect bones to one another. These injuries most commonly affect the knees, wrists, and ankles, when the joint experiences a sudden bend or twisting motion. Strains, on the other hand, are characterized by injury to the muscles or tendons, the tissue that connects muscle to bone. Strains may be partial or can result in a complete tear. For most mild cases of strain or sprain, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) can help to resolve symptoms. For more severe cases, however, surgical repair may be recommended.


When a tissue is injured, the body responds by increasing the inflammatory response in the area of the injury. While inflammation can be useful in helping the body heal in some situations, it can persist out of control and lead to tissue damage. Tendonitis is a common injury of athletes involving inflammation of one or more tendons. This condition will often result from repetitive stress on a tendon, which progressively causes the tendon to become aggravated and inflamed. Baseball pitchers, tennis players, and runners are some athletes that are especially susceptible to tendonitis. Depending on the severity of injury, a variety of treatments may be recommended to help reduce the inflammation—from anti-inflammatory medication to surgical correction.

Are you suffering from the symptoms of a soft tissue or joint-related injury? Do not continue to live with pain—consider seeking evaluation and treatment from the sports medicine experts at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. Call our NYC practice at (866) 650-8063 to schedule your primary consultation with Dr. Mehran Manouel.

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