Soft tissue injuries may seem mild and less concerning than visible wounds, but they can be equally dangerous if left untreated. These types of injuries are typically the result of a car accident or perhaps a slip and fall incident. Unfortunately, because these injuries are not as apparent as open gashes or broken bones, they are often overlooked and left to worsen gradually.
A soft tissue injury is any type of physical damage that does not involve the bones. So, this may include any harm inflicted on the structures that support the bones, such as ligaments, muscles, or tendons. These injuries may seem less threatening, but they can be just as damaging and should never be ignored.
Common types of soft tissue injuries may include:
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle or tendon strains
What is Whiplash?
While soft tissue injuries can occur anywhere, neck injuries, especially whiplash, are the most common. Car crashes are one of the biggest causes of whiplash because a sudden impact from either the front or the back can make the head and neck whip backward and forward, thus resulting in a whiplash injury. Whiplash is a very dangerous health issue and can result in serious head or spinal injuries, even if there was no actual impact to the head or visible harm. The symptoms of whiplash include neck stiffness, tingling in the shoulders, jaw pain, and a headache. In very severe cases, whiplash may lead to nausea, vertigo, or vomiting. In some instances, whiplash may cause injuries to the brain.
Other soft tissue injuries may be caused by a hard impact, thus resulting in severe bruises called contusions. These can occur anywhere on the body. Ligament sprains and muscle or tendon strains are also common injuries and may happen in any situation where the muscles may be overstretched or pulled. Sprains and strains usually occur at the joints, in the wrists, ankles, knees, or shoulders. These injuries typically occur in motor vehicle crashes, slip and fall accidents, or other harmful incidents.
Long-Term Effects of Whiplash
Failure to treat strains, sprains, or contusions can lead to other, more serious injuries. A very severe contusion may indicate internal damage, and should always be checked out by a doctor. Additionally, sprains and strains may become worse and could lead to severe, permanent muscle damage if they do not heal properly.
If you were in an accident and notice any swelling, stiffness, or pain in your muscles, you should see your doctor right away. Even if you think your injuries may be minor, it is always a good idea to schedule a visit with a medical professional after any harmful accident.
In the event that your injury was caused by another person, especially through negligence or carelessness, you may have a personal injury case. Contact Shrager, Sachs, & Blanco to discuss your soft tissue injury.