Soft tissue injuries

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Soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains are common. Learn how to recognize and treat a soft tissue injury.

Key points

  • Soft tissue injuries include strains and sprains. Strains affect muscles and tendons; sprains affect ligaments.
  • Most soft tissue injuries are mild and can be treated with rest, cool packs, compression and raising the injured body part. Over-the-counter pain medicine can also help with pain.
  • Your child's health-care provider will talk to you about how soon your child can return to their regular activity.
Last updated: April 2nd 2024