Car accidents are an unfortunate hazard of driving. Fortunately, Statistics Canada reports car accident rates have fallen steadily over the past few years. In 2013, for example, the number of motor vehicle accident fatalities dropped by 7.4 per cent.
Any time you drive, however, there is a risk of being involved in a motor vehicle collision. After a car accident, you may suffer from different types of injuries, including soft tissue injuries. If your doctor diagnoses you with soft tissue injuries, it is helpful to understand what this means.
Soft Tissue Injuries Can Include Sprains, Strains, and Contusions
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), common soft tissue injuries include sprains, strains, and contusions. These injuries occur most often in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Soft tissue injuries can also occur in whiplash cases. Even with proper treatment, the AAOS states, these injuries can take a long time to heal.
When it comes to sprains – an injury to the ligaments – the knees, ankles, and wrists are more susceptible to this type of injury than other parts of the body. Sprains are classified as mild, moderate, or severe. In a severe sprain, for example, the ligament is completely torn, which can cause significant instability and lack of function in the joint.
By contrast, a strain is an injury to the muscles or tendons. Symptoms range from pain and muscle spasms to inflammation and cramping in the muscles.
Contusions, or bruises, are caused by direct blows to the body, which cause injury to the underlying muscle fibres and connective tissues.
Help for Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries take many forms and vary in severity and recovery time. In some cases, injury victims suffer from persistent chronic pain. In these cases, it is important to seek help from an experienced personal injury lawyer.