There are many different types of injuries that could happen in a motor vehicle accident. One common injury is a soft tissue injury. If you have had a soft tissue injury as a result of a car accident, here is some information that you need.
Common Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries generally happen to muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A few common examples of soft tissue injuries are:
- Contusions. Contusions are more commonly known as bruises. They are very common soft tissue injuries. Most bruises can heal quickly on their own. But, bruised bones and other issues can be more serious.
- Tendonitis. Tendonitis is the irritation or inflammation of a tendon.
- Sprains. Sprains can range from mild to severe. Sprains happen when there is a tear or a stretch in a ligament. Ankles, knees, and wrists are parts of the body that are vulnerable to sprains. There are three grades of sprains. A grade 1 sprain is mild. A grade 2 sprain is a moderate sprain. A grade 3 sprain is severe. A grade 1 sprain means that a ligament has been stretched. A grade 2 sprain means there is a slight tear to the ligament. A grade 3 sprain is a full tear of the ligament.
- Bursitis. Bursitis is the inflammation of a bursa in the body. Bursaes are small sacs located throughout the body that act as cushions for bones. They reduce friction between bones. One common treatment for bursitis is anti-inflammatory medication. But, if this does not work, a doctor might want to try another treatment. They might give you corticosteroid injections into the site of the bursa. This can reduce inflammation. Minor surgery is a last resort option.
- Strains. Strains occur to muscles or tendons in the body.
Treating Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries can range from mild to severe. It is recommended that you visit a doctor if you think that you have suffered a soft tissue injury. A doctor might tell you to follow the RICE treatment plan for this type of injury. This includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It is important to visit a doctor and get a treatment plan from a professional before trying treatment on your own.
If you suffer a soft tissue injury during a car accident, you might have expensive medical bills to pay. Some common expenses include:
- Doctor’s visits.
- Prescribed medication.
- Crutches or braces.
- Physical therapy.
- Lost wages if you have to take time off from work.
- Who Pays For Medical Expenses?
These expenses could be paid for by the at-fault party. If someone else caused the accident, they will be responsible for providing you with compensation for your injuries. For more information on how to get compensation for these injuries, contact our office.