Soft Tissue Injuries
Physical therapists treat many injuries to soft tissue. Soft tissues include muscles and their surrounding fascia (a type of connective tissue that bundles muscle fibers into different groups), tendons (which connect muscles to bones) and ligaments (which connect bone to bone). Soft tissue physical therapy aims at assisting with the healing process by reducing the amount of pain, associated swelling and bruising, and removing any restriction or impairment of function. Soft tissue injury physical therapy is also called musculoskeletal physiotherapy as it deals primarily with the restoration of these tissues to optimal function.