Don't Ignore Soft Tissue Injuries
If you break your back in a motor vehicle accident, you are going to seek immediate medical attention. On the other side, if your back or other muscles are sore, most people write it off as a minor inconvenience. The fact is that soft-tissue injuries can cause significant impairment and prompt attention to this is always warranted. Even if it may not seem serious, it may be very serious.
What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?
Soft tissues include the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. During a motor vehicle collision, these can suffer blunt impacts, twisting, turning, etc. The physical trauma caused by contact with steering wheels, side panels, gear shifters, etc., can have a lasting impact on your mobility and quality of life. This can impact long-term earning capability, relationships, hobbies, and more.
Bruises, bursitis, strains, sprains, tendonitis, and whiplash are the most common soft tissue injuries. These can take weeks, months, and even years to heal. In some cases, they may never fully heal. This is why prompt attention to a "sore neck" or an "achy back" following a car collision is crucial. The sooner treatment is administered, the less likely the damage is to persist and permanently impact your quality of life.
Diagnosing and Monitoring Soft Tissue Damage
Most people don't realize they have suffered a soft-tissue injury right away. It can take hours, days, and sometimes weeks for symptoms to show. Moreover, following a car collision, high adrenaline levels typically hide the pain. Only when they subside do most car accident survivors realize they are injured.
Thus, we recommend every driver and passenger undergo a thorough medical evaluation following a car collision. This will not only document the cause and presence of an injury, it will allow your medical provider to initiate a course of treatment to restore your body to its pre-accident self. Often, treatment will involve a combination of massage, physical therapy, dietary changes/restrictions, exercise, and of course, plenty of rest to avoid exacerbating the injury as it heals. Most importantly, it is imperative to "follow doctor's orders" until your body heals as failing to do so can worsen the injury and prolong the recovery period.
The team at Welmaker Injury Law can help you recover compensation for your soft-tissue injuries. We encourage you to contact our team at (210) 828-6033 and we will be happy to get you started on the next steps of your recovery.