How long does a soft tissue ankle injury take to heal?
How long will it take to recover from a soft tissue injury? The recovery time from grade 1 soft tissue injuries in one to two weeks and three to four weeks for a grade 2. Grade three soft tissue injuries require immediate assessment and treatment, with much longer recovery times.
Many soft-tissue injuries — for example, a serious strain or tendonitis — require surgical repair. Moreover, contusions that persist can cause permanent damage to soft tissues. In the case of contusions (internal bruising), blood pooling around an injury can sometimes lead to permanent damage to soft tissues.
- The various muscle fibers start to stick to each other and become adhered. This new hard and lumpy feeling is a muscle 'knot'. Muscle 'knots' are incredibly common but common doesn't mean they are normal or harmless. Chronic stress on our muscles creates micro-tearing of muscle tissue, which creates scar tissue.
- The main symptoms of fibromyalgia are outlined below.
- Widespread pain. If you have fibromyalgia, one of the main symptoms is likely to be widespread pain.
- Extreme sensitivity.
- Poor sleep quality.
- Cognitive problems ('fibro-fog')
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- In addition to pain, people with fibromyalgia could also have:
- Cognitive and memory problems (sometimes called "fibro fog")
- Trouble sleeping.
- Morning stiffness.
- Irritable bowel syndrome.
- Painful menstrual periods.
- Numbness or tingling of hands and feet.
- Restless legs syndrome.
The immediate treatment of any soft tissue injury consists of the RICER protocol – rest, ice, compression, elevation and referral. RICE protocol should be followed for 48–72 hours. The aim is to reduce the bleeding and damage within the joint.
- Protect the strained muscle from further injury.
- Rest the strained muscle.
- Ice the muscle area (20 minutes every hour while awake).
- Compression can be gently applied with an Ace or other elastic bandage, which can both provide support and decrease swelling.
- Elevate the injured area to decrease swelling.
- This can lead to different types of soft tissue injuries, such as:
- A strain, a stretched or torn muscle and/or tendon.
- A sprain, a torn or stretched ligament.
- A contusion or bruise.
- Tendinitis, the inflammation of a tendon.
- Bursitis, the inflammation of a bursa.
- Hard Tissue Injury. A hard tissue injury is also called a "fracture" and is defined as a "loss of continuity in the substance of a bone". Hard tissue injuries, also known as "fractures" are commonly referred to as "broken bones", or perhaps "cracked bones" in the case of stress fractures and hairline fractures.
When soft tissue is damaged, there is usually immediate pain along with immediate or delayed swelling (excessive swelling can slow the healing process – see treatment below). Stiffness is also very common as a result of the trauma and swelling. Bruising may also develop after 24-48 hours.
- During the repair phase, new blood vessels grow in the injured area, maximizing transport within the tissue. Fibroblasts, cells that generate extracellular matrix and collagen fibers, begin producing granulation tissue, a fragile form of scar tissue, filling gaps left after the removal of damaged structures.
- Adhesions, scar tissue, or other inappropriate fibrosis within soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments) can result from surgery, radiation, or immobilization. Dysfunctional soft tissue may interfere with movement and cause pain even months or years after cancer treatment.
- Many soft-tissue injuries — for example, a serious strain or tendonitis — require surgical repair. Moreover, contusions that persist can cause permanent damage to soft tissues. In the case of contusions (internal bruising), blood pooling around an injury can sometimes lead to permanent damage to soft tissues.
Updated: 2nd October 2019