The most common soft tissues injured are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries often occur during sports and exercise activities, however injuries are not uncommon simple everyday activities.
Sprains and strains are common soft-tissue injuries. Even with appropriate treatment, these injuries may require a prolonged amount of time to heal.
Soft-tissue injuries fall into two basic categories: acute injuries and overuse injuries.
• Acute injuries are caused by a sudden trauma, such as a fall, twist, or blow to the body. Examples of an acute injury include sprains, strains, and contusions.
• Overuse injuries occur gradually over time, when an athletic or other activity is repeated so often, that areas of the body do not have enough time to heal between occurrences.