Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries can vary widely in severity and impact. From a light sprain with bruising to a full-muscle tear or severe tendonitis, soft tissue injuries can be debilitating for recovering patients. Soft tissue injuries are commonly associated with car accidents. Any type of injury that happens to the soft, supportive tissues in our bodies are considered soft tissue injuries. These injuries can range anywhere from contusions (bruising) to strains, sprains and even stress-related injuries that can impact other body structures. Depending upon the severity of your injury, you could be looking at a few weeks or months or recovery and rehabilitation or long-term pain and suffering.
Whiplash: A Common Soft Tissue Injury
Whiplash is one of the most common types of soft tissue injury that happens in car accidents. This injury is most often seen in cases involving rear-end crashes. If your vehicle gets rear-ended, and your body is jolted violently backwards and forwards, the soft tissues like muscles, tendons and ligaments in your neck can become strained, sprained or even torn. In severe cases, you can even suffer from damage to disks. Even seemingly mild cases of whiplash can leave victims with temporary or long-term pain. This type of injury can completely disrupt your everyday life, your ability to work and your ability to pay bills.
Common Causes of Soft Tissue Injuries
- Car accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- Slip and falls
- Construction site accidents
- Workplace injuries
Strains and sprains are often touted as less damaging than actual bone breaks, but that’s just not the case. Sometimes, a broken bone will be able to heal much more cleanly than a soft tissue injury which could have a lingering and painful impact on a person’s day-to-day life for years, or even indefinitely. In cases of severe sprains, surgical procedures may be necessary. Damaged ligaments and tendons can have a lifelong impact on a person’s ability to make ends meet and get on with their everyday life.
Contusions and Bruises
Contusions and bruises are another type of soft tissue injury. Bruising and contusions can happen after any type of trauma occurs to the body. Don’t just think that because it’s “only a bruise,” that it’s not a big deal. After a car accident or a fall, severe bruising and contusions should always be evaluated by a medical professional to rule out any additional underlying damage or injuries.
Tendonitis and bursitis both involve persistent inflammation, which can be a result of an initial soft tissue injury. These are the types of long-term and painful complications that can occur as a result of a soft tissue injury from a car accident. Over a period of time, the inflammation and swelling associated with tendonitis and bursitis can lead to permanent damage to tendons and joints. Early intervention and medical treatment is essential for any type of soft tissue injury.
Long-Term Impact of Soft Tissue Injuries
For somebody who has never experienced a soft tissue injury, it might be easy to shrug off the lifetime impact of this type of injury. It doesn’t usually leave a visible scar, unless you have to undergo surgery. Unfortunately, these types of injuries can be some of the most difficult to deal with. They can lead to range-of-motion issues and have a severe negative impact on quality of life. If you’re dealing with lifelong pain from a soft tissue injury, but you can still sort of tough through each day, what kind of life is that? After any type of soft tissue injury, it’s essential to get immediate medical evaluation and treatment, and if your injury was caused by another person’s dangerous or negligent behavior, you need a lawyer who understands the potential impact and lifelong implications of your injury.
After any kind of car accident, it’s essential to get checked out by a doctor, even if you initially feel okay. It can take hours or even a day or two for the adrenaline and excitement of a car accident to wear off, at which time, you will start feeling your injuries. It’s not uncommon to feel “fine” or at least relieved that your body appears to be intact after a car accident, only to be in excruciating pain the next morning due to soft tissue damage.
If you have suffered from whiplash or some other type of soft tissue injury in a car accident, workplace accident or in any other situation in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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