What is a soft tissue injury?


A soft tissue injury, in general, means an injury to tendons, ligaments, and muscles. In other words, where there has been an injury or trauma, but there are no broken bones or open wounds. Often, these injuries occur as a result of car accidents.

Depending on where the soft tissue injury occurs on the body, it may be called other names, like whiplash, neck strain or sprain, or simply, pain.

Unfortunately, none of these terms have consistent meaning from doctor to doctor, or adjuster to adjuster. For example, cervical “strain” may mean the unnatural stretching of the tendons of the neck, while cervical “sprain” may mean the unnatural stretching of the ligaments connecting bones. This is why is important to have a clear understanding of what your underlying injury may be.

Just because there are no broken bones or visible wounds, does not mean that soft tissue injuries are something that shouldn’t be treated or worried about. Quite the contrary. Whiplash and sprain can be very painful, and often, only begin to be symptomatic hours, and sometimes days, after the car wreck. Because delay of pain is common, it is important that you report all symptoms to your treating physician or health care provider as soon as possible.

Treatment for soft tissue injuries includes chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, massage therapy, pain medication, and injections.

If you or a loved have been involved in a car or truck accident, and you think you may have suffered from a soft tissue injury, the please, do not delay, call and speak to one of our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers today.