Soft tissues are muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and fascia. They can become injured for different reasons including an acute episode as well as repetitive or cumulative trauma. Whether the tissues are recovering from an acute injury or under constant demand from repetition they respond in similar ways, they lay down scar tissue. This is our body’s way of repairing and healing itself.
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When talking about injuries there are 2 main types – acute and repetitive. Acute injuries occur following a single event, such as a fall or hard collision. Repetitive injuries, like the name implies, occur slowly over time as a result of performing the same motion over and over again.
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Whiplash is a sudden forward, backward or, side to side movement of the head. This most often takes place during a motor vehicle accident but can also be the result of other accidents as well. This results is damage to the joints and soft tissues of the neck.
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The ankle joint forms the connection between the 2 bones of the lower leg, the tibia and fibula- and the talus bone on the top of the foot. Proper strength and mobility of this area is critical in many athletic activities as the ankle serves as both a pivot point, and as an energy transfer station between the body and the ground. For stability, the ankle relies on a complex system of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that surround the ankle in all directions. The muscles, which begin high in the lower leg just below the knee, have long tendons that travel down across the ankle and attach into the heel and the foot. It is these muscles that must contract to protect and stabilize the foot and ankle. When there is adequate strength, flexibility, and balance of these muscles the chances of injury is greatly reduced.
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