Whether you have been involved in a fender bender or a catastrophic collision, you are at risk of receiving a soft tissue injury. While these injuries may be thought of as relatively minor, they can be serious and could have serious consequences if not handled properly. At Pryor, Priest, & Harbor, we understand that injuries obtained in a car accident can be debilitating, and in some cases, can wreak havoc on your life.
Any type of forceful impact can cause your tendons, cartilage, ligaments and/or muscles to tear, swell, rip or stretch. This can result in contusions, strains, sprains, bursitis, tendonitis, as well as a host of other injuries, which may lead to significant pain and could make it difficult for you to function.
Sprains occur when ligaments are stretched beyond their range of movement, and most commonly take place in the knees, ankles, thighs and wrists. Strains, on the other hand, are the result of torn or pulled muscles, and may result in muscle spasms, pain, swelling, muscle weakness, cramping and inflammation.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, you should allow yourself plenty of rest when suffering from a strain, sprain or contusion. It is also recommended that you ice the injured area several times a day and keep it elevated if possible. Wearing a compression bandage could also help to prevent blood loss and/or swelling.
Our attorneys know that all personal injury cases are unique and require extensive attention to detail. To find out more information about soft tissue injuries visit our page on motor vehicle accidents.