Scar tissue is a natural response to the body beginning to heal itself. When you’ve had surgery, and tendons and muscles have been cut or repaired, scar tissue will develop. Scar tissue can also form in response to an injury like a hernia tear or rotator cuff tear. There is even a form of bony scar tissue, called a callus, that will develop after a bone is fractured. Scar tissue is a thicker, more fibrous tissue than the healthy tissue connected to it.
Collagen makes up scar tissue. Normal collagen that is present in your body is aligned in specific patterns to strengthen tissue. When an injury occurs, collagen begins to form around it which leads to scar tissue. Over time, scar tissue resembles and behaves like healthy tissue.
Scar tissue is a normal response to healing after an injury. However, over time it can cause issues; Some may experience pain from their scar tissue after the nerves begin to regenerate, while others can experience limited mobility and range of motion. At this point, it’s beneficial to seek treatment for your scar tissue.
Your physical therapist will take a medical history that covers your symptoms, as well as the initial injury or surgery that caused the scar tissue to begin with. They may also have you perform exercises and stretches to determine how much your strength and range of motion are impacted, as well as palpate the area.
There are many available treatments to help address the pain or mobility issues that can arise from scar tissue. Popular methods of scar tissue treatment can include:
Want to learn more about your scar tissue treatment options? Contact us at IMPACT Physical Therapy. A physical therapist can cover each treatment option in detail and craft a treatment plan to address your scar tissue with your needs in mind.