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Recovery from Sprains, Strains, and Tears

Posted on in Personal Injury

acute soft tissue injuries, San Jose personal injury attorneys, sprains, strains, tearsWhen strains, sprains, or tears occur as the result of personal injuries, recovery can be a long and tedious process. Even a minor injury can prevent you from performing your usual activities, either at home or on the job. If you do not invest the time needed to allow these areas to heal, you could end up causing potentially permanent damage. The following provides an outline of these injuries, and the treatment options available to help you recover. 

Acute Soft Tissue Injuries

Overuse injuries tend to build slowly and accumulate with time, whereas acute injuries are generally the result of one time events. Anytime you are involved in an accident or suffer a blow or jolt to the body, you run the risk of suffering acute soft tissue injuries. These often impact the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the body.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), the most common types include the following: 

  • Sprains: These involve stretching of the ligaments, which are the tissues connecting one end of a bone with the other, helping to support and stabilize the joints. The areas most vulnerable to these types of injuries include ankles, knees, and wrists.

  • Strains: These involve stretching of the muscles or the tendons, which are fibrous cords connecting muscles to bones. These injuries often occur in the foot, leg, and back.

  • Tears: These are serious injuries that may involve either a partial or a complete tear as the result of stretching in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments.

As a result of the above, you are likely to experience bruising, swelling, and pain in the affected area. Injuries often result in weakness and limited movement, preventing you from engaging in your regular activities. 

Treatment for Strains, Sprains, and Tears 

Anytime you suffer even a minor accident, it is important to get checked by your doctor right away. Strains, sprains, and tears require immediate treatment to prevent causing additional damage. The Mayo Clinic advises that your doctor will generally conduct a physical exam of the affected area along with ordering diagnostic tests, such as x-rays and magnetic resonance imagery (MRI), to get a better idea of the extent of damage done.

If you suffer a partial or complete tear of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments, surgery may be required to repair the damage. If you suffer a sprain or strain, your doctor will likely order a combination of medication and rest for several weeks, followed by physical therapy to regain strength and flexibility. Beware returning to work too soon or resuming regular activities before you are healed, which can end up causing permanent impairments.

Let Us Help You Today 

If you have suffered soft tissue injuries as the result of an accident, it is important to contact Jachimowicz Law Group before accepting an insurance settlement. Our dedicated San Jose personal injury attorneys can advise you on getting the compensation you need to cover any future costs that may arise. To request a consultation, call or contact us online today.

Sources:

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

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sprains-and-strains/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20377943

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