Soft tissue injuries
When injuries are referred to as soft issue, the implication is the injury is to the soft tissues about the joint such as the joint capsule, ligament or tendons. The term is often used when an area of lameness has been localized but radiographs do not show any changes. At this point your veterinarian may choose to use an imaging modality most suited to observe changes in soft tissues; the most frequently used medium is ultrasound. Soft tissues injuries are very common and usually involve long periods of rest as well as medical treatments such as anti - inflammatories. It is not uncommon for serious ligament or tendon tears too take longer to heal than bone lesions. There is growing evidence for the use of glycosaminoglycans in the role of healing such lesions and glucosamine may well be indicated.