Overuse, wear and tear, sprains and strains (injuries) are the primary causes of soft tissue pain- a term that is used to refer to most of the other structures in the body besides bone.
Muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, internal organs, synovia (bursa), nerves and blood vessels are different types of soft tissue structures.
Because of their placement in the body, these structures produce varying types of sensations and therefore experiences of pain- which can be very confusing and worrisome.
‘ itis’ means irritation. Those letters are attached to the ending of a word to describe the place where this irritation has occurred (for example myositis in muscles, tendonitis in tendons, bursitis in bursae)
Although the OUCH is processed in our brain, the initial cause or reason for the soft issue pain is often located somewhere in our physical body.
Applying conservative methods of treatment (heat, cold, rest, exercise, etc.) can assist soft tissue structures to heal faster, enabling an earlier return to activity.