The recurrence of soft tissue injuries can be minimised by finding the precipitating cause, and adequately stretching and strengthening the involved structure before returning to the offending activity.
- In tendinitis, prolonged rest or immobilisation is detrimental to the tendon, because there is a rapid loss of collagen. It is important to prevent this, even if the initial exercises are minimal.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises are important for restoring normal movement in tenosynovitis. If exercise is not commenced early, there may be fibrosis and restriction of movement.
- In ligament sprains, exercises must be continued after symptoms have resolved; it takes about nine months for ligaments to return to normal strength.
- Recurrence of muscle strains relates to returning to the precipitating activity too soon, before the muscle has healed.