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What You Should Know About Soft Tissue Injuries

Injuries affect us all from time to time, and most of us are fortunate enough to face only minor injuries as we move through life. But those who are involved in auto accidents aren’t always so lucky. Automobile accidents can lead to serious injuries that can have long-lasting impacts not just on your physical health, but on your mental and financial health as well. A perfect example of this is soft tissue injuries, and if you suffer one of these in an accident you’ll want to understand several different things.

What Is A Soft Tissue Injury?

A soft tissue injury is anything that causes damage to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments within the body. Unlike cuts and bruises, these are often invisible beyond a bit of swelling or bruising, but they can lead to serious challenges in your daily life. The impacts involved in an auto accident lead to these being among the most common types of injuries sustained in them.

Common problems with soft tissue injuries are swelling, bruising, moderate to severe pain, and limited mobility or a total loss of function. In many instances, multiple parts of the body will be affected including the bones, nerves, muscles, and tendons. In a single accident, one can suffer from multiple soft tissue injuries of varying severity.

Soft Tissue Healing

One of the most confusing parts of soft tissue injuries is that they’re categorized and treated differently depending upon the healing stage one’s body is currently experiencing. There are several different phases that the body goes through as it heals. These include:

  • Acute – This is the ‘protection phase’, and the body focuses on protecting the injury from further damage during this time. This is when pain and swelling is at its worst and it takes between two and four days from the time of the injury for it to move to the next phase.
  • Sub-Acute – During this repair phase, the body begins repairing the injured tissues. It will essentially create new soft tissue that replaces the old, and in the process scar tissue forms and strengthens.
  • Late Stage – Healing is ongoing, and even after the pain has dissipated the body will continue working. The late stage of healing involves making additional repairs as the body senses that parts of the repairs it already made aren’t strong enough. It will generate additional tissue to help provide more support to what it has already done.
  • Chronic Stage – Pain continues to be an issue for many, and the chronic phase refers to those who are still feeling discomfort after 3 months. Due to daily work and physical activity, the injury can continue to hurt and undergo various changes.

Overcoming The Issue

For most, downtime and rest will be the key to making a recovery from soft tissue injuries. However, those with serious injuries could require additional assistance from professionals in the physical therapy field. And for those who suffer ongoing chronic pain, recovery can take much longer.

This recovery period means that you’ll not only be suffering from physical pains but from financial difficulty. This is due to the fact that you’ll lose time at work and have medical bills to pay for. One single automobile accident can lead to significant challenges with your finances, even if the injuries aren’t as visually noticeable as other injuries are. It’s important to get help with the financial challenges as well as the physical ones if you want to truly overcome an injury sustained during an accident.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

What You Should Know About Soft Tissue Injuries

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