Gregg K. Satow, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Monterey, CA
Soft tissue injuries in your muscles and tendons can range from minor sprains to complete tears that severely limit your function. With these types of injuries, early and experienced care is important, which is why you should seek the medical help of an orthopedic specialist like Gregg K. Satow, MD. Using the most advanced treatments available, Dr. Satow helps restore function and pain-free movement to his patients as quickly as possible at his office in Monterey, California. Simply call the office or schedule an appointment online today to get started.
Muscle and Tendon Injuries Q & A
What are muscle and tendon injuries?
Your body contains 206 bones which are connected by soft tissues, which includes your:
Your ligaments hold bones together within a joint, while your tendons connect your muscles to your bones to enable movement.
Injuries to these soft tissues can range from a mild strain to a complete tear and usually develop on the heels of an acute injury or after repeated use, which weakens the connective tissue.
What are the signs of a muscle or tendon injury?
The primary symptom of a muscle or tendon injury is pain, which can be acute after an injury or progressively nagging if your injury develops over time. Aside from the pain, you may experience:
- Redness around the area
- Limited motion
If you’ve applied the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for 24 hours and your symptoms remain the same or grow worse, it’s time to have Dr. Satow take a look.
What are the most common muscle and tendon injuries?
There is any number of ways you can injure your soft tissue, but the most common problems with muscles and tendons, as well as ligaments, include:
- Sprained ankles
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Achilles tendon tears
- Rotator cuff tears
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
These injuries are just examples of the types of muscle and tendon injuries that Dr. Satow routinely handles. Problems with tendonitis and bursitis also fall under this category and are extremely common, especially if you’re active.
How are muscle and tendon injuries treated?
There’s no easy answer to this question as it depends entirely upon your unique situation. Rest assured that Dr. Satow brings the latest tools to bear to help you heal quickly from muscle and tendon injuries. These treatments include:
- Supportive devices (braces, slings, boots)
- Injections, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP), hyaluronic acid, and steroids
- Physical therapy
- Surgical repair
Dr. Satow generally starts out conservatively in his treatments, but if your muscle or tendon injury requires surgical repair, Dr. Satow is the right doctor for the job. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Satow uses the latest minimally invasive techniques to restore function to your injured area with an eye toward long-term success.
To learn more about muscle and tendon injury treatments, call Gregg K. Satow, M.D. or schedule an appointment online today.