Soft tissue injuries can be caused by almost any type of accident, from a fall at work to a minor car accident. These injuries can cause long-term pain and suffering, effect your ability to work, and even your everyday lifestyle. Soft tissue injuries can affect most parts of the body such as neck, back, arms, and legs.
Types of Soft Tissue Injuries
A soft tissue injury occurs when muscles, ligaments, or tendons are damaged. There are two basic types of soft tissue injury: intrinsic and extrinsic trauma. Intrinsic trauma is generally caused by over-contracting, over-stretching, or uncontrolled internal stress. Extrinsic trauma involves contact with a blunt object that causes closed damage to the tissue or a sharp object that causes open damage to the tissue. Below are some of the types of soft tissue injuries:
- Strains- caused by the overuse of a muscle or a tendon
- Whiplash– a sprain, strain, or hyperextension injury caused by a sudden whip-like movement,usually specific to the neck
- Sprains- are classified as damage to a ligament that is caused by joint overextension
- Contusions- internal bleeding, also known as bruises
Some of the most common symptoms that are associated with soft tissue injuries are chronic pain, bruising, and swelling.
Causes of Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries are often caused by traumatic force or repetitive activities. Some of the most common causes of soft tissue injuries are:
If you or someone you loved has sustained a soft tissue injury due to the negligence of someone else, contact an experienced personal injury attorney today. They will be able to investigate the claim and advise you of your rights. Contact the attorneys at Powers Taylor today for a free consultation.