It is very common to suffer soft tissue injuries after a car wreck. These types of injuries can range from minor to very severe.
The reason they are called soft-tissue injuries is because they include damage to the soft areas of the body, as opposed to broken bones.
Soft-tissue injuries include damage to ligaments, tendons, and muscles. These types of injuries can cause great pain and discomfort. When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, they can suffer soft-tissue injuries even when the accident occurs at low speeds.
A rotator cuff tear is a good example of this type of injury. Some of these types of injuries can be treated with physical therapy. More serious injuries may require surgery to repair the damage.
Symptoms and Warning Signs of Soft Tissue Injuries
It is important you keep an eye out for symptoms and warning signs that could indicate you’re suffering from soft tissue damage. Here are some to look out for:
- hand/leg pain/numbness
- shoulder/knee pain
- herniated/ruptured disc
- neck stiffness
- joint/muscle tenderness
- muscle aches
These injuries may not be immediately noticeable. It is not uncommon for symptoms to appear several days after the motor vehicle accident. A combination of one or more of the above listed symptoms or similar problems indicates you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Soft Tissue Injury Pain
Soft-tissue injury pain can be localized to a specific area or radiate throughout the body. Often, soft-tissue injuries result in soreness and swelling, depending on the location of the injury. Injury victims may experience difficulty sleeping due to the pain associated with their injuries. Physical therapy is often the best choice to help relieve the pain caused by a soft tissue injury after a car wreck. Chiropractic treatment is generally more helpful when there are alignment issues in the spine. In some cases, both physical therapy and chiropractic treatment may both be needed.
It is natural for a person to stop using a sore muscle or to reduce activities that require using the muscle group that is injured. However, gentle stretching and light use of the muscles can reduce the pain and reduce muscle deterioration.
How Long does it take to Recover from a Soft Tissue Injury?
How long does it take for a soft-tissue injury to heal? A person experiencing soft-tissue damage may take up to 16 weeks or longer to fully recover. The healing process is different from person to person. Naturally, older individuals can take longer to heal. Always follow the advice of your doctor and make sure your complete all recommended treatment.
Can Soft Tissue Damage be Permanent?
Yes. Although, it is likely that most soft-tissue injuries will result in a full recovery with proper medical treatment. However, soft tissue damage left untreated can result in permanent injuries or disfigurement. Untreated or diagnosed injuries can result in long-term damage to your posture, walking, and range of motion.
Soft Tissue Back Injuries
Soft-tissue back injuries can often be the most severe type of these injuries. Anyone that has ever experienced back pain understands how much discomfort and pain can be involved. These types of back injuries can range from strained muscles, soreness or tenderness, all the way to herniated/ruptured discs.
About 80% of back and neck pain is muscle related.
Spinal ligaments that run in front and in back of the vertebrae can become inflamed, or develop into tendinitis. Muscle spasms after a motor vehicle accident can cause quite a bit of discomfort and pain.
These back injuries can take longer to heal than injuries to other parts of the body because it is difficult to isolate movement of your back.
Diagnosing Soft Tissue Damages
There are several different methods that your physician can use to diagnose soft tissue damage after a motor vehicle accident. Outlined below are some of the different methods your physician will use to determine the treatment plan.
- Physical exam: a doctor will perform a physical exam to locate the source of pain. The doctor will test for flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion.
- Medical history: sometimes a person involved in a motor vehicle accident already had injuries before the accident. A detailed medical history helps the doctor better understand which of your injuries were pre-existing and which new injuries were caused from the motor vehicle accident. Also, a motor vehicle accident can worsen pre-existing injuries or reinjure ones that had otherwise healed.
- X-rays: x-rays show injuries to bones and the spaces between bones and are useful in determining if your injuries are more serious than soft-tissue. Your doctor will use an x-ray image to determine if you have any broken bones or fractures.
- MRI: an MRI is often also necessary because an x-ray only shows damage to your bones whereas an MRI can show damages to soft-tissue.
Soft Tissue Injury Claim Calculator
When involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may be wondering if you’re entitled to compensation for your soft-tissue injuries. This is one of the most common questions clients ask their personal injury Attorneys. Most states allow people to be compensated for these type of injuries, including compensation for the pain and suffering that goes along with them.
There is no specific calculation used to determine how much a person is entitled to be compensated for soft-tissue type injuries. An experienced personal injury Attorney will use their education, training, and experience to determine the value of soft tissue injuries.
Therefore, if you are considering bringing a claim or personal injury lawsuit against the person that caused your injuries, it is important that you hire an experienced Injury/Accident Attorney. Certain Attorneys focus their practice on other unrelated areas of law such as bankruptcy, family law, tax law, or real estate. After all, you would not go to your eye doctor when you have a toothache. The personal injury Attorneys at Pepper & Odom law firm have recovered millions of dollars for their clients. 601-202-1111
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