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What is a soft tissue injury, and why is this so common in car accidents?
02/13/2013 - 11:36
Every day we get calls from people who have sustained soft tissue injuries in car accidents. Every single day. So it seems a good idea to talk about what a soft tissue injury is, why this type of injury is so common, and what can be done to resolve it. Also, we should talk about how this law firm helps people with soft tissue injuries.
Soft tissues are defined as tissues that connect, support, or surround other structures and organs of the body, not being bone. These include tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. Symptoms of a soft tissue injury can include swelling, bruising, pain, headaches, muscle spasms, weakness, numbness, and loss of movement in the injured area of the body.
Damage to these tissues is a common result of an auto accident or other type of injury accident, even if the accident impact is not severe. This occurs when the force of a collision causes either direct damage, such as bruising, or indirect damage, such as tearing or twisting, of the soft tissues.
During an accident, the people inside the vehicle are usually jostled around quite a bit during impact. Since soft tissues are designed to be very flexible and moveable, they can be easily damaged, even during a very minor car accident. Often, the symptoms of such injuries are not felt until hours, days, or even weeks after the accident. They can disrupt sleep, work, recreation, all aspects of daily life. And the symptoms can be incredibly painful, sometimes more painful and difficult to resolve than a broken bone or other more severe injury. Frequently the injury can take months to heal, and sometimes the symptoms can be permanent.
What to do about soft tissue injuries? First, see your doctor. Not just a chiropractor, a massage therapist, or an acupuncturist. While these treatments can be very effective in alleviating the discomfort from soft tissue injuries, your medical doctor can help determine if there is a deeper or more severe injury present, and can determine the best course of treatment. Further, if your accident results in a personal injury claim, then your insurance company takes the opinions of medical doctors more seriously than those of chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists.
Follow your doctor’s advice, and if your symptoms don’t begin to improve fairly quickly, get re-evaluated. While soft tissue injuries can take a very long time to heal, be aware that a change in symptoms can indicate a more serious underlying injury.
Brett Murphy attorneys get calls every day from people who are dealing with soft tissue injuries. While we cannot take every case and we focus on major personal injury and wrongful death claims, we always try to refer you to another high-quality attorney who works with soft tissue injury cases. It is our goal to help anyone who calls us. Every time.
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