Soft-Tissue Disorders

Soft tissue disorders are common musculoskeletal pain syndromes affecting periarticular tissues, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These disorders may be a result of injury or symptoms of underlying health conditions. Signs of soft tissue disorders include tenderness, pain, loss of active motion, and swelling in the affected area.

The most commonly injured soft tissues are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Overexertion and injuries during sports and exercise can cause soft tissue damage.

Many everyday activities can also lead to soft-tissue damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The result can be pain, swelling, bruising, and structural damage. Conditions such as tendinitis and bursitis are common soft-tissue disorders.

Dr. Ulric Bigby, with nearly a decade of experience and expertise, specializes in surgical and non-surgical treatment of various soft-tissue disorders.


Tendinitis or tendonitis is inflammation in the tendons, the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. This condition can affect any tendon, with the shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and heels being common sites.

Typical symptoms of tendinitis include acute pain and tenderness, which makes it difficult to move the affected joint.

While it can result from sudden injuries, the primary cause of tendinitis is often repetitive motion activities that contribute to bodily wear and tear.

Treatment for tendinitis involves rest, physical therapy, and medication to alleviate pain. Sometimes, prolonged inflammation may lead to tendon tears, potentially requiring surgical intervention.

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Bursitis is a painful condition characterized by inflammation of the bursa, leading to painful swelling, typically in surrounding joints. A bursa is a closed, fluid-filled sac that cushions the bones, tendons, and muscles near your joints. The condition commonly occurs in the shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and feet when the bursae become inflamed.

Injury, overexertion, or repetitive motion can lead to inflammation in the bursae and lead to bursitis. It can cause tenderness, pain, swelling, and restricted movement in the affected joint. It is also associated with other health conditions, including arthritis, gout, tendonitis, and diabetes. 

The treatment for bursitis involves proper rest, medications, and prevention from further trauma. In most cases, bursitis pain goes away within a few weeks with appropriate treatment, but surgery might be required in severe cases. 

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Treatment of Soft-Tissue Disorders in Maryland

With nearly a decade of experience, Dr. Ulric Bigby specializes in providing comprehensive care and personalized treatment for various soft-tissue disorders. 

You can request an appointment with Dr. Bigby online, or you can call one of his three locations and schedule an appointment:

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