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Soft Tissue Injury



I hear my doctors talk alot about soft tissue injuries. Is soft tissue include muscle, ligaments, tendons and cartlidge? Is it any thing that is not an organ or a bone? What is meant by soft tissue?


Soft tissue is pretty much as you described it. It relates to tissue that is non-bony or non-organ in nature. There is a range of different types of tissue within the soft tissue umbrella as you mentioned.  It is helpful to identify which of those tissues have been injured when making a diagnosis because treatments can vary based on the involved tissue.

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Janine   Oman, MS, PT/ATC Janine Oman, MS, PT/ATC
Assistant Athletic Director
Instructor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University