Accidents are traumatic and the rush of adrenaline that you experience can cause you to ignore any muscle stiffness and or bruising that might occur. In fact, it’s very likely that you might dismiss the aches and pains because people associate serious injuries with broken bones or severe blood loss.
However, doctors and even personal injury lawyers advice all accident victims to always get a medical checkup as soon as they can. This is because soft tissue injuries might not be what you think they are.
The Different Kinds of Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries involve trauma to the:
Soft tissue injuries are categorized into two:
- Overuse injury. This typically occurs when you use your soft tissues repetitively
- Acute trauma. It occurs when an external force hits your body.
Most people who are involved in accidents suffer from acute trauma injuries. The force of impact and the type of accident will determine the severity of the injury. Whiplash, is one example of a traumatic soft tissue injury and it can be severe or minor. This injury mostly happens during car accidents but it can also happen during a slip and fall or an assault. While most people experience pain from whiplash almost immediately after an accident, it’s not uncommon for some people to experience it year after the accident.
More examples of soft tissue injuries include:
- This type of an injury is similar to a burn and it can be very painful. Just like a burn injury, an abrasion can be a first, second and third degree abrasion; with the third degree affecting all three layers of the skin. It’s also referred to as a friction burn.
- This is a partial tear to your ligaments. The most common areas where you can experience a sprain include your wrists, knees and ankles. In some cases a sprain can be so severe that you may need surgery to repair it.
- They occur as a result of blunt force trauma. One of the biggest indicator of a bruise is discoloration, swelling and pain due to blood entering the soft tissue.
- The biggest difference between a strain and a sprain is that a strain is damage to a tendon or a muscle.
- Tendonitis happens due to overuse of certain body parts such as the knees, ankles, wrists and hands. This type of stress on soft tissues causes inflammation of the tendons.
- Stress fracture. This is often described as a hairline fracture and it occurs due to repetitive motion. In rare cases it can progress into a broken bone and you might need to go in for surgery.
- Bursitis. Your body has a fluid filled sac that acts as a cushion between your muscles and your bones. When this sac becomes inflamed, you develop bursitis.
You Should Seek Necessary Treatment for Your Injuries Immediately
We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to ensure you seek medical attention immediately after your accident. Soft tissue injuries can only be diagnosed through tests like an MRI. A soft tissue injury is classified in terms of seriousness by grade:
- Grade three: this is a severe soft tissue injury and involves 100% tear of a ligament joint or a sprain.
- Grade two: this is a moderate soft tissue injury that involves 50% tear of a joint or a ligament.
- Grade one: This is a mild soft tissue injury that involves 5% tear of a joint or a ligament.
A soft tissue injury can start of at grade one but escalate to grade four if it’s not properly treated and cared for.
Apart from being in pain, soft tissue injuries can immobilize you or make you dependent on other people to do basic tasks such as taking a shower.
Additionally, soft tissue injuries can take months to heal and in severe cases, you might never fully recover.
Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
It’s unfair if you have to suffer injuries from an accident that wasn’t your fault. What’s worse is that insurance companies will try to downplay the seriousness of your injuries by giving you the lowest possible compensation amount.
Trusting a personal injury attorney to handle your case while you rest and recover will give you peace of mind. If you are a loved one has suffered any kind of injury due to someone else’s negligence, you can contact us immediately for a free initial consultation.