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.