Soft tissue injuries are among the most common types of injuries that occur. Soft tissue injuries (STIs) can happen due to falls or accidents. Most soft tissue injuries are not life-threatening, but they may still be severe. STIs often occur along with other harm to the body. Soft tissue injuries occur beneath the skin and can take some time to heal. They can be painful and sore for a long time and can limit your ability to use a particular part of your body during the recovery process.
Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are those that damage the muscles, tendons, or ligaments, which are the soft tissues of the body. The most common soft tissue injuries include contusions, strains, sprains, tendonitis, stress injuries, and bursitis. Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries that can occur due to an accident. It affects the ligaments and muscles in the neck and upper back. Soft tissue injuries can range in severity, and your doctor will evaluate the harm to determine the best course of treatment.
Symptoms and Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries cause pain and limited mobility in a particular area of the body. For example, if you suffer whiplash, you will have pain and stiffness if your neck and upper back and will have difficulty turning your head. Sometimes, soft tissue injuries result in visible bruises. STI can take a long time to heal. During the recovery process, you may need to rest the area. You may need to take time off work to rest. Applying heat or cold to the area will help with the healing process. Your doctor may prescribe medications to reduce inflammation and pain. You may need to participate in rehabilitative therapy to strengthen the area once you complete the healing process if you have a whiplash injury.
How Accidents Cause Soft Tissue Injuries
When you are the victim of an accident, you may have multiple injuries that include some to the soft tissues. Whiplash occurs when the neck and back get jerked back and forth suddenly, as can happen in a rear-end collision. Other soft tissue injuries can happen when a person hits his head on the windshield or when the body bangs against the side of the car. The seatbelt can cause soft tissue damage in an accident due to the pressure of the constraint on impact. These injuries can take several hours or longer to show up following the accident. It is best to visit the doctor or emergency room immediately following any crash if you have any pain or discomfort at the scene.
Folks hurt in an accident, might have compensation from the negligent party. If the accident was due to someone’s negligent actions or inaction, you might be owed money for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and more.
We will review the accident with you and answer your questions with a free initial case consultation. Contact Baumgartner Law Firm today to discuss your injuries. Call (281) 587-1111.