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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on soft tissue injuries.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

Soft tissues injuries include injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments, but not bone.

Tendons are fibrous bands that hold muscles to bone. Damage to muscles or tendons by overstressing is referred to as a ‘strain’. Ligaments are fibrous bands that hold bones together. Overstretching ligaments is referred to as a ‘sprain’.

Sprains and strains can happen to people of all ages with varied results. They are often due to twisting or falling.

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Acute
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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