Soft Tissue Injuries

While the majority of car accidents are minor in severity, even accidents that occur at low speeds can cause serious injuries. Often, with a broken bone, the injury can heal in 12 weeks. However, soft tissue or connective tissue injuries can persist for a lifetime. Even professional athletes that sustain a seriously sprained ankle or knee know that they may never be the same. This can happen to your neck or back as a result of a motor vehicle accident as well.

Soft Tissue Injuries are the Most Common Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents

Most car accidents often result in at least some type of injury to the individuals involved. In fact, even if the vehicles involved suffered little damage, it does not mean that those in the cars are not injured. Sprains, strains, and permanent soft tissue injuries can result from even minimal impact accidents.

Whiplash is the most common type of injury that results from automobile accidents. Whiplash is a term to describe the mechanism that causes soft tissue injury to the neck and back. Whiplash is caused when the head and neck is violently jerked back and then forward suddenly upon impact. When this occurs, the muscles and tendons along the neck and spine may become stretched and damaged. Unfortunately, not all whiplash victims are initially aware that they are injured. The symptoms often creep up that night or over the next few hours, or even days later.

Other soft tissue injuries that are suffered after an automobile accident include:

  • Neck, back, and muscle strains or sprains
  • Ligament tears (ACL, MCL and rotator cuff injuries caused by trauma)
  • Herniated or Bulging Discs caused in motor vehicle accidents
  • Bursitis or Tendonitis either caused or aggravated by a motor vehicle accident
  • Nerve Damage
  • Dislocation

X-rays are used to diagnose broken bones. However, the majority of, soft tissue injuries must be diagnosed with an MRI or a CT scan. If your symptoms persist, do not be afraid to ask your medical provider for the proper testing. Prompt medical treatment is essential to preventing these injuries from becoming chronic and debilitating. Depending on the severity of the soft tissue injury, you may require surgery, injections, or extensive rehabilitation to regain full functioning.

Norton, Bowers & Hofstra, P.C., is a personal injury law firm based in Aurora, Colorado. Our personal injury attorneys represent clients in the Denver metro area, throughout Colorado and in the states of Wyoming and Utah. Call 303-400-8100 for a free consultation and case evaluation. We only collect an attorney's fee if we are successful on your behalf in settling your claims or winning at trial.

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