In a nutshell, soft tissue is everything except bone. The most common soft tissue injuries occur to muscles, ligaments and tendons. Because muscles, ligaments and tendons are the basis for all bodily movement, an injury can have devastating consequences. For example, an injured muscle may tighten up or spasm to the point that you can’t move it. An injured muscle may be torn or stretched to the point that it cannot hold bones in the correct place. A good example of this is a neck injury or back injury that pulls the bones in the spine out of place so they do not support the head or the body like they should.
How do soft tissue injuries occur?
Soft tissue injuries occur by a sudden movement (or great force) that is too rapid to too strong for the muscles to stop. A common example is whiplash associated with car wrecks.
How do soft tissue injuries heal?
Soft tissue heals when the body fills the injured area with scar tissue called collagen. This collagen replaces the torn tissue. When the scar tissue fills in the area’s of torn tissue it is just like elmer’s glue. That is, it will stick to anything. It can make muscle fibers stick together that are not supposed to be stuck together and it can make nerves stick to tendons or muscles. Once the collagen glue “dries”, those things that are stuck together may not become unstuck easily. This can result in limited ranges of motion, nerves that cause pain every time they are pulled and numerous other symptoms.
What can help soft tissue injuries heal?
Not too long ago the medical profession believe that the best method for soft tissue to heal what to immobilize it. However, research has shown that the best thing for soft tissue to heal is motion. If you think about how soft tissue heals, motion makes sense. If you get motion into the injured area nerves are less likely to stick to the wrong things, and muscle fibers will stick together along the areas of motion like they should. If you see a health care professional that gives you pain killers and says you will eventually get better, politely say thank- you and go to a doctor that know’s something about your injury. Medications mask the symptoms and do not assist in the healing process. Just waiting for your injury to get better is like waiting for the broken dam to just get better on its own. Medical research has conclusively shown that the best process for the healing of soft tissue injury is physical therapy or Chiropractic care.
Complications with soft tissue injuries
Because the healing process of collagen is not exact, muscles, ligaments and tendons can heal incorrectly. Nerves can be permanently attached in places they should not be. The body can generate too many additional pain sensors called pain receptors in the injured area making the area so sensitive to pain that the pain receptors can be activated by changes in the weather. As crazy as this sounds medical research has documented this process.
How we can help you following a soft tissue injury?
If you have suffered your soft tissue injury in an accident that was someone else’s fault, we can help you make a claim for your harms and losses. You can recover for the costs of your medical expenses including the cost of your medical doctor care, the cost of your prescriptions and the expense of your mileage to and from the doctor. If your soft tissue injury has prevented you from working we can also help you make a claim for lost wages and future loss of earning potential. In addition to losses that can be helped and fixed such as medical expense and wage loss you can recover for the harms and losses, such as past pain, that cannot be helped or fixed and must be made up for. Keep a diary of how your injury has affected you so you can explain honestly what the injury has done to you. Call us and get the help you deserve from lawyers who understand your injuries.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Ray Hodge & Associates at (316)269-1414. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if we recover money on your behalf. In many cases, a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your rights.
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