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What is Soft Tissue?

The term soft tissue refers to tissues that are present around the organs of the body and support them. The cells and structures of soft tissue are present all over the human body.

Structure and function of Soft Tissue

There are different types of soft tissues in our body, and all of them have different roles to play, and these include:

  • Fat tissue
  • Muscles
  • Fibrous tissue (tendons and ligaments)
  • Blood Vessels
  • Lymph Vessels
  • Synovial tissue (in joints)
  • Peripheral Nerves

What is soft tissue injury?

Soft tissue injuries occur when the muscles are overused, or due to trauma caused to the tendons/ligaments. Soft tissue injuries are due to sudden uncontrolled movements like walking or stepping awkwardly, tripping, extreme twisting of the ankle. Apart from ankles and other sprains, facial traumas also cause soft tissue injuries.

What is facial soft tissue injury?

The face is one of the most critical aspects of the personality of any human being. It is not only the aesthetic appeal but also a peep through into the character of an individual. However, it is essential to know that the tissues of the face are softer than the tissues present in the rest of the body. Facial tissues are delicate and can be easily damaged, which can disfigure the face due to traumatic injuries.

Symptoms of a soft tissue injury :-

  • When soft tissue is damaged, there usually is a sprain in that part of the body. Immediate pain, along with swelling, is noticed as a common symptom.
  • Excessive swelling of the injured part of the body or the face is also a symptom of soft tissue injury.
  • Stiffness around the injured area is a common symptom of a soft tissue injury.
  • Bruising does not always occur, but in some cases, it may develop after 24-48 hours.
  • Experiencing instability, especially to weight-bearing joints like the hip, knee and ankle, occurs in case of moderate to severe soft tissue injuries.

Recovery time for a soft tissue injury?

Recovery of your injury might depend on the intensity of the injury caused. It may heal within 1 – 2 weeks in some cases and may take longer in some cases. Recovery can also depend on age factors, occupation and general health of a person.

What does the treatment & recovery for a facial soft tissue injury involve?

  • It goes without saying. It is essential to take plenty of rest as a precondition, for successful treatment of injured facial soft tissue.
  • The person should not exert him/herself in any circumstance during the treatment.
  • In case of a severe facial tissue trauma; your physician/surgeon might recommend surgery.
  • For less severe cases, the injured areas are bandaged holding together for a specific period.