Have you ever had an injury that just won’t heal? And then when you think it has healed, you go and re-injure it again. If you do, you may have a problem with scar tissue.
When a tissue is injured the healing process begins. From an injury point of view, the initial healing process is all the same. When a muscle, tendon or ligament is torn one would expect the body would heal the area with the same tissue, however this is not the case.
The body repairs the area by making scar tissue. Scar tissue is made from a very tough, inflexible fibrous material. This fibrous material binds itself to the damaged soft tissue fibers in an effort to patch the damaged fibers back together. What results is a bulky mass of fibrous scar tissue completely surrounding the injury site. In some cases it’s even possible to see and feel this bulky mass under the skin.
To see what scar tissue looks like, here is a great video by Dr Gill Hedley:
If the injured area does not heal, and the pain continues the body will continues to put down more scar tissue. Too much scar tissue is not good and can lead to increased pain and reduced mobility. This is why treatment is important. Appropriate early care can help reduce scar tissue, improve mobility and help the injured area heal faster.
Treatments to help reduce scar tissue include:
To learn how Graston Therapy can help reduce pain, watch this video below:
If you have a re-occurring injury and think it would be scar tissue, call today for a free consultation! P: 905-593-1605.