A common injury that many car accident victims suffer is soft tissue injury. This can take the form of sprains, strains, and tears. Although these injuries may seem like minor ones, they can be very painful for the victim and take a long time to heal. Some may even leave long-term disabilities that require ongoing medical treatment.
Contusions: Contusions occur when there is a direct hit or blow to an area. The blow crushes the muscle and tissues and the tissue can suffer permanent damage.
Sprains: A sprain occurs when there is a stretch or tear to a ligament. Ligaments connect the bones and support and stabilize the body. The most common places car accident victims suffer sprains are their ankles, knees, and wrists.
Strains: A strain occurs when there is a stretch or tear to a muscle or a tendon. Tendons are what connects the muscle to the bone. The most common places car accident victims suffer strains are the back, foot, and legs.
How Are Soft Tissue Injuries Treated?
If you have been in a car accident and suffer pain, muscles spasms, limited mobility, or swelling in an area, seek medical attention immediately. Your physician may need to take x-rays or an MRI to diagnose the exact injury and to what extent the damage is.
Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment may involve the use of certain medications for pain and swelling, as well as resting the affected area, and applying ice, compression, and elevation. This is known as the RICE treatment. A victim may need to follow these orders for weeks following the injury. If the injury is severe enough, surgery may be required to repair the damage. Physical therapy is also often recommended to increase muscle tone and flexibility to the injured body part.
In addition to the medical expenses for treatment of the soft tissue injury, many victims also are unable to work because of the required treatment. Doing too much activity too soon can end up making the injury worse, so it is important to follow your doctor’s orders.
Contact a Carolinas Injury Attorney
If you have suffered a soft tissue injury in a car crash caused by another person’s negligence or recklessness, contact a skilled North Carolina car accident attorney to find out what type of financial compensation you may be entitled to for those injuries. Our N.C. personal injury law firm has successfully advocated for many car accident victims and are happy to discuss the details of your case and how we can help.