Soft tissue injuries can be difficult to recognize immediately after an accident.

Affecting muscles, tendons, and ligaments, this type of damage is not easy to detect, even with diagnostic medical equipment. However, the effects can be debilitating for victims.

What Is It?

Soft tissue injuries are caused by trauma to muscles and connective tissue, and can range from mild sprains and stiffness to painful pulled muscles, or even severe ligament tears. While most of these injuries are accompanied by immediate pain, symptoms such as bruising and swelling can take longer to appear, and can sometimes be overlooked by the injured party and medical practitioners. General soreness and aches are an expected result of a collision or fatigued muscles, but pain that is residual, chronic, isolated, or severe can also be correlated to an earlier incident, and should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.

What Causes It?

Soft tissue injuries can occur in numerous ways. The most common cause of this type of injury is an unexpected trauma to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons, such as a violent impact, a fall, or a misstep. Even a seemingly minor movement in the wrong direction—tripping, twisting to avoid a potentially worse injury, or “catching oneself wrong”—can result in a surprising soft tissue injury. Work-related issues often arise from repeated stress to or fatigue of certain muscles, for example, tendonitis resulting from constant lifting.

What Is The Prognosis?

Soft tissue injuries usually have a significant but temporary impact on a victim’s daily routine. Mild sprains or strains can heal with rest, ice, and compression within a week. Some moderate injuries require physical therapy and additional time to heal. Significant soft-tissue damage, such as torn ligaments or significant overuse, may require surgery and long-term treatment.

Return to Injuries

If you have have suffered a diagnosed soft tissue injury, the experienced team at Recovery Law Corporation can help. Contact us to determine if you qualify for compensation and to learn your next steps.