Rush hour in Georgia is something many drivers must contend with during the week. Drivers tend to be in a rush to get to their destination. With more cars on the road, there is a higher likelihood of being in an accident, especially a fender bender.
One of the most common non-fatal injuries in car accidents listed by NOLO are soft tissue injuries. Someone changing lanes can hit the vehicle from the side causing a side impact that can pin the arm and leg stretching the muscle. The window can break causing glass to fly and leave cuts on the exposed skin penetrating deep into the tissue.
While these injuries may seem small, it is important to seek medical treatment to prevent infection and ensure there are no further injuries. Soft tissue injuries include whiplash to the back and neck after a collision. Muscle sprains and injuries to the tendons and ligaments are other soft tissue injuries common in accidents.
The University of Rochester Medical Center shows the reasons to treat soft tissue injuries following an accident or injury. Force such as a collision can cause tendon or muscle strain. A medical professional often treats these injuries with elevation, rest, compression and ice, but some patients may require surgical repair.
Following similar treatment to strains, muscle sprains are most common in the joints of the knees, wrists and ankles caused by twisting or wrenching the appendage. Contusions often require a doctor to treat similarly to strains and sprains. However, some contusions such as brain bruising may require additional monitoring in case of more serious problems.