What is Soft Tissue?

The term soft tissue refers to the tissues that support and surround the organs of the body. The cells and structures of soft tissue are present throughout 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. Soft tissues are a major role in giving shape and support to the body. They also protect other tissues of the body, providing a structure and holding the organs together.

Types of soft tissues include:

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

What is a soft tissue injury?

Soft Tissue Injury Treatment Soft tissue injuries occur when the muscles are overused, or due to trauma caused to the tendons/ligaments. Most common of all soft tissue injuries are because of sudden uncontrolled movements like walking or stepping awkwardly and tripping that causes extreme twist to your ankle. Apart from ankles and other sprains, facial traumas also cause soft tissue injuries.

What is a facial soft tissue injury?

The face is one of the most important aspects of the personality of any human being. It is not only the aesthetic appeal, but also a peep through into the personality of an individual. However, it is important 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.

What are the symptoms of a soft tissue injury?

  • When a 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.
  • Facial soft tissue injuries are usually caused due to trauma and accidents.
  • Excessive swelling of the injured part of the body or the face, is also a symptom of soft tissue injury, which slows down the healing process.
  • 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, occur in case of moderate to severe soft tissue injuries.

How long does it take to recover from 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 very important to take plenty of rest as a precondition, for a 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 you a surgery.
  • For less severe cases, the injured areas are bandaged holding together for a specific period of time.