OBJECTIVE: To present theories of manual treatment approaches to soft tissue injuries using an example case report.
CLINICAL FEATURES: A college tennis player with an ankle sprain for 6 weeks, not responding to standard treatment, was unable to play tennis or compete in tournaments.
INTERVENTION AND OUTCOME: Soft tissue treatment was applied to the ankle for 2 visits. The patient experienced complete resolution of the problem and returned to play without relapse during a 9-month follow-up period. Theories of myofascial distortion treatment are discussed.
CONCLUSION: This treatment approach may have potential for soft tissue problems that are not amenable to current therapy approaches.
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