Managing active injuries
Posted 8 May 2019
No matter your age or fitness level, if you participate in sports or pursue other activities like hiking or climbing, you've probably suffered a sports injury at one time or another.
Acute or Chronic Injuries?
Soft tissue injuries may be sudden (acute) or gradually worsen (chronic).
Healing can take from less than 7 days for small muscle strain, up to more than 12 months for significant ACL sprain. The time taken to heal will depend on the injury, initial and ongoing treatment and the age and general health of the person.
Symptoms of sprains
Symptoms of strains
Degrees of severity of sprains and strains
Sprains and Strains
A sprain is an injury to a ligament (tissue connecting bones or joints), whilst a strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon when stretched or torn.
Injuries to soft tissues such as ligaments and tendons can come on suddenly or may get worse gradually. A sudden injury is related to a specific incident and is often called an acute soft tissue injury. This means an incident has occurred in the previous 24 – 72 hours. An injury that gets worse over time (for example over 3 months) is often referred to as a chronic soft tissue injury. This is usually caused by overuse or changes in normal tissue stress.
First aid for sprains and strains
Preventing sprains and strains
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