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Soft Tissue Injuries

A soft-tissue injury (STI) that creates pain, dysfunction, and restricted mobility can drastically impact your quality of life. Soft-tissue injuries are common following motor vehicle accidents. The force of an accident that occurs at any speed can easily crush, shift, or misalign areas of the musculoskeletal system. Repetitive strain can also trigger an injury that has lifelong repercussions. You’re not alone if you’re looking for a personal injury lawyer specializing in soft tissue injuries due to the negligence of others.  Here’s what you need to know about this type of injury.

What Are the Different Types of Soft-Tissue Injuries?

When talking about soft-tissue pain, it’s important to realize that severe injuries affecting the musculoskeletal system can occur in every part of the body. In fact, a soft-tissue injury is often difficult to diagnose due to the fact that a person might experience symptoms that radiate to different parts of the body. Generally, a soft-tissue injury involves muscles, tendons, or ligaments. The most common forms of soft-tissue injury include:

  • Whiplash.
  • Contusions (bruises).
  • Sprains.
  • Strains.
  • Tendonitis.
  • Bursitis.
  • Stress injuries.

A person can experience a variety of symptoms following a soft-tissue injury. When a person sustains acute injuries following an accident, they may be in too much pain to move the affected area. Other symptoms can include:

  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Immobility.
  • Loss of range of motion.
  • Visible bruising.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Muscle cramping.
  • Joint instability.
  • Numbness and tingling.
  • A visible knot or lump surrounding the injury.

It’s not uncommon for the force of an accident to cause traumatic stretching or tearing in muscles, tendons, ligaments, or connected tissue groups. While some tissue injuries do produce visible bruising or knots, it’s important to know that an injury does not need to have visible symptoms in order to be considered serious. Superficial signs that show up at “skin level” do not actually determine the severity of a soft-tissue injury. However, it’s still important for a person suffering from an injury following an accident to document all visible symptoms. If you’re looking for legal support following an accident that has left you with injuries, don’t hesitate to reach out to a personal injury lawyer in Alberta or British Columbia specializing in soft-tissue injury cases.

What Are the Causes of Soft-Tissue Injuries?

Many people suffer from soft-tissue pain following motor vehicle accidents. The immediate impact can cause bruising, compression, strains, or sprains. However, it’s also quite common to experience these injuries due to repetitive strain in workplace environments. Conditions that do not allow for safe, ergonomic movements when doing job tasks can cause tearing and overstretching of soft tissue. Chronic soft-tissue distress is often the result of repeatedly using joints or muscles without adequate rest periods.

How Serious Are Soft-Tissue Injuries?

These types of injuries can be extremely debilitating over time. The pain, stiffness, inflammation, and lost range of motion can prevent a person from working. In addition, these injuries can rob a person of their quality of life because it becomes impossible to perform simple tasks without pain. In most cases, people suffering from both chronic and acute injuries affecting the soft tissue require extensive rest and rehabilitation. Ignoring an injury won’t make the problem go away. Once injuries form, it is very common for scar tissue to form. This scar tissue prevents proper tissue healing. Scarring of soft tissue can also cause pain and inflammation to spread because the tissue is no longer receiving the oxygen and blood flow needed for proper function.

Speak With Davie & Associates to Navigate Through an Injury Affecting Your Muscle, Tendons, or Ligaments

Many people suffer in silence while tears and stretching affecting their soft tissue continue to create pain and inflammation. This can severely decrease one’s quality of life over time. A soft-tissue injury is often dismissed as a minor injury simply because there is no visible trauma on the surface. Even visible contusions are often dismissed as being “just bruises.” However, victims of this type of injury can be left with a lifetime of excruciating pain that limits their abilities to work, travel, drive, exercise, enjoy hobbies, and do the things they love with their family.

If you’re suffering from pain and dysfunction within soft tissue pain that won’t go away, it’s important to know that you have rights. Davie & Associates helps clients throughout Alberta and British Columbia seeking compensation for injuries that have altered their quality of life. We understand the pain of being told to just “shake it off” when you’re living with soft-tissue pain. Our offices in Red Deer, Edmonton and Penticton make it easy to chat with a legal professional about your situation. Contact Davie & Associates today.

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