When specific causes of symptoms aren’t known, doctors sometimes refer to conditions simply by naming the symptoms. Such is the case for so-called “soft tissue pain.” The term soft tissue pain simply refers to discomfort somewhere in the interconnected system of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, as opposed to the bones, and says nothing about the particular cause.
Surgery may be useful for certain selected forms of soft tissue pain, although again the supporting research evidence is generally very incomplete.
Proposed Natural Treatments
Natural treatments for the following forms of soft tissue pain are discussed in their own articles:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Sciatic Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Tension Headache
Alternative therapies that may be useful for soft tissue pain in general include acupuncture , biofeedback , chiropractic , hypnosis , magnet therapy , massage , prolotherapy , and relaxation therapy .
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 07/2012 -
- Update Date: 07/25/2012 -