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Healing from Soft Tissue Injuries Takes Longer than Most Think

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soft tissue injuries, San Jose personal injury attorneys, motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, personal injury recoveryDamage to the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues are among the most common types of personal injuries. They often occur as the result of motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, during sports or recreational activities, or as the result of overuse on the job. While these injuries often involve less aggressive medical treatments, the fact is they take up to a year or more to heal and can end up resulting in permanent disabilities.

Have You Been Diagnosed with Soft Tissue Injuries?

The term ‘soft tissues’ refers to the various muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other connective tissues that surround the bones and joints throughout the body. Even an otherwise minor accident can result in pain, swelling, and limited movement in the body part affected. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), there are three common types of soft tissue injuries:

  • Sprains: Stretching or tearing of the ligaments, which connect bones while stabilizing and supporting joints. Often occurs in the knees, ankles, or wrists;

  • Strains: Stretching or tearing of the muscles or tendons, which connect muscles to bones. Often occurs in the feet, legs, or back; and

  • Contusions/Bruising: Resulting from blows which cause blood to pool under the skin. Can end up causing permanent damage to underlying soft tissues.

Other than surgical treatment to repair tears, soft tissue injuries are often treated with anti-inflammatory medications, heat or ice to the affected area, and rest. Returning to normal activities within weeks of a soft tissue injury does not allow the proper time needed to heal.

Healing Time for Soft Tissue Injuries

Chiro-Trust, a non-profit, professional affiliation of chiropractic providers, cites numerous studies showing that soft tissue injuries actually take far longer than the standard four to six weeks recovery time. In fact, these injuries can take up to a year to heal, and not caring for them properly can end up resulting in lasting disabilities. Healing typically comes in three stages:

  • Acute inflammatory, which typically lasts 72 hours. It may take several days for inflammation to begin, which is why patients may feel worse in the week after an accident than they did immediately after it occurred.

  • Regeneration, which typically lasts six to eight weeks. The tissues do not heal over this time, but rather regenerate in areas where tears or stretching occurs.

  • Remodeling, which typically occurs within six to 12 months after a soft tissue injury, as muscles and tendons regain strength and alignment.

If any of these stages are disrupted, it pushes the healing process back. It is typically only after the remodeling period that any permanent or ongoing issues become apparent.

Contact Us Today for Help

If you suffer a soft tissue injury in an accident, it is important not to underestimate the potential impacts it could have on your future health and well being. Before accepting any settlement that may be far less than what you will eventually need to recover, contact Jachimowicz Law Group to request a consultation with our talented San Jose personal injury attorneys first.

Sources:

https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/sprains-strains-and-other-soft-tissue-injuries/

https://chiro-trust.org/whiplash/healing-injured-soft-tissues-including-neck-back/

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