How to Treat Your Soft Tissue Injury
When people imagine being involved in an accident, whether it is a vehicle collision, slip and fall or a sporting incident, they often imagine the worst injuries. Sustaining a head trauma or broken bones is understandably frightening, but they aren’t the most common injuries that victims of accident suffer with. The most common injury sustained in an accident is a soft tissue injury.
Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft tissue injury is one that affects muscles, tendons or ligaments. Typically, these injuries occur when the body experiences a sudden uncontrolled movement. Think of missing a curb and twisting your ankle. Hitting an opponent on the football field and coming to a sudden stop. When these things happen, pulling, twisting or straining one of the tissues in your body can happen quickly.
Symptoms of a Soft Tissue Injury
There is immediate pain or discomfort when a soft tissue injury occurs. There may be swelling and eventual stiffness. Many victims experience bruising within 24 to 48 hours. When the soft tissue that is injured surrounds a joint, victims may experience instability. This is more common with joints such as the knee, ankle and hip.
When a person suffers any type of accident, it is a good idea to seek medical treatment even if they don’t feel pain. It is understandable that many don’t want to incur medical bills unnecessarily and avoid going to the doctor after an accident, but treatment is needed when:
- The injury affects the ability to bear weight
- The area of the injury is misshapen
- There was a pop, crack or other noise that accompanied the injury
- Bones in the area are tender
- There is a feeling of pins and needles in the area of the injury or anywhere else
Recovering from Soft Tissue Injuries
People wonder how long it will take to recover from soft tissue injuries. In general, minor injuries should heal within a week or two. More serious soft tissue injuries can take up to three weeks to heal. Injuries that require serious medical attention can take months. The time it takes to heal from a soft tissue injury depends on many factors, such as the nature of the injury, the age and the health of the victim.
People who are injured due to someone’s negligence in Atlanta and elsewhere may be able to seek compensation for their injuries, including the payment of medical bills, remedy for lost wages and more. Any person who has been injured in Atlanta through no fault of their own should contact an attorney experienced in personal injury law. Reach out to our office and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and injury and advise you of the options available to you under current law. Call today for assistance or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.