The human body is, by all accounts, a very complex machine. It is made up of many different parts that perform a huge array of different functions. One of the materials used to compose our bodies is soft tissue. Soft tissue can be found in muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. Injuries that pertain to the soft tissues are divided into two categories, overuse injuries, and acute injuries. Overuse injuries occur mainly from repetitive athletic or other physical activity where the tissues are not allowed enough time to properly heal in between injuries. Examples of overuse injuries include bursitis and tendonitis. Acute injuries are the type of soft tissue damage that we see in relation to car accidents because these are caused by sudden, singular trauma. Whiplash is the most common soft tissue injury that people sustain as the result of a car accident. There are many other types of soft tissue damage that can result from a car accident other than whiplash. Some examples of those soft tissues damages are:
Back Strains and Sprains
A back sprain occurs when the ligaments in the back are stretched beyond their normal capacity or are torn altogether. Ligaments are the tough groups of fibrous tissues in your joints that connect one bone to another. A back strain is the tearing of a muscle or a tendon that connects a muscle to a bone.
Torn Ligaments (Ankles, Knees, Shoulders)
When these groups of tissue in the major joints are stretched or torn they experience trauma. The common name for this trauma is a sprain. These types of injuries are categorized into one of three different groups depending on the severity of the injury. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the three categories are as follows:
- Grade 1 Sprain (mild) : Minimal stretching and minimal damage to the fibers of the ligament in question
- Grade 2 Sprain (moderate) : The ligament shows partial tearing. When the joint is moved in certain ways it displays abnormal looseness
- Grade 3 Sprain (severe) : This diagnosis means that there has been a complete tear of the ligament. Ultimately, this injury makes the joint non-functional until it has properly healed
A contusion is a medical term for a bruise or any injury that causes damage to the skin and to the underlying soft tissues as well, without breaking the skin. Contusions occur when blood leaks out of blood vessels that have been damaged and pools in the surrounding tissue. This pooling leaves tell-tale black, purple, and blue colored markings on the surface of the skin. Injuries like this are minor for the most part unless the injured party suffers from a blood clotting disorder. Hospitalization is almost always required for contusions to the lungs or to the brain.
These are just a few of the types of injuries that can be caused to the soft tissues of the body during the commission of a car accident. If you or someone you love has suffered from a soft tissue injury, or any other type of injury due to the recklessness of another driver then you will need to make sure that you seek immediate medical attention. The next step that you need to take is to contact a qualified personal injury attorney. When you have an attorney from the McGuire Law Firm on your side you can feel certain that your rights will be taken very seriously and that we will strive to get you compensated for every damage that the law says you are entitled to. If you think you would be interested in a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys, please give us a call today at (405) 513-5658 and find out what we can do to help you.