Injuries caused by car accidents are unpredictable, especially in the wake of the adrenaline rush from the crash. That flood of adrenaline often prevents your body from feeling soft tissue injuries and, unlike broken bones, most soft tissue injuries are difficult to diagnose even with imaging.
Understanding soft tissue damage and delayed symptoms can help you recognize potentially serious injuries sooner and seek treatment right away.
Recognizing soft tissue injuries
Some of the earliest indications of soft tissue injuries are easy to overlook. Stiffness, bruises and moderate swelling are early signs. You might also feel pain moving a certain limb or joint. In some instances, numbness, tingling or inflammation appears in the hours or days after an accident as well. In serious cases, patients experience confusion, trouble concentrating, headaches and muscle spasms.
Treating soft tissue injuries
Most soft tissue injuries benefit from ice and rest as well as anti-inflammatories. Remember that any potential injury after a car accident needs medical attention before trying to treat it at home. This medical attention establishes the injury as part of the accident and begins a record of treatment to document for your claim.
Understanding soft tissue injuries
You might assume that soft tissue injuries are nothing serious and can just heal on their own. In some cases, this may be true. It is difficult to determine which instances that applies to without medical evaluations, and ignoring a potential soft tissue injury can lead to long-term complications.
Soft tissue injuries are among the most common after a car accident. Know how to recognize them and what to do if you have one so you protect your claim.