Soft Tissue

Auto Accident and Sports Injury

MRI_axial_brainSoft tissue includes the muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and nerves of the body. Sports Injuries and auto accidents are leading causes of soft tissue injury, and a primary focus in our practice.

Soft tissue can be injured by a multitude of other processes including pulls, tears, strains, sprains, repetitive micro-trauma, and lack of oxygen (hypoxia). When a soft tissue injury occurs, the body will wound repair the damage by lying down dense and irregular fibrous tissue. This fibrotic bundle of scar tissue will bind to its surroundings causing myofasical adhesions and peripheral nerve entrapments. When this binding occurs the tissue will become weak, tight, inflamed, non-elastic, and dysfunctional.

Common soft tissue injuries include whiplash, wrist sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, ankle sprains, shin splints, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, fibromyalgia, trigger finger, sciatica, and muscle strains. Symptoms of soft tissue injuries include headaches, tingling, numbness, burning, and weakness.

Dr. Francis is certified in the most effective soft tissue modalities currently utilized on a professional and collegiate sports level to treat these injuries — Active Release Technique (ART), Kinesio-Taping, and Graston Technique.