Healing After Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries impact the muscles, tendons, and ligaments throughout the body, causing swelling, pain, and limited mobility. They can occur as the result of a variety of different types of accidents and if not properly cared for, can leave you suffering with permanent disabilities. As an experienced personal injury attorney, our office encourages you to take these injuries seriously and to get the medical care and attention you need. The following offers some general information and guidelines to help you heal.
Seeking Treatment for Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries usually involve strains, sprains, or tears. They can occur as the result of sudden trauma, such as in a car accident or due to a slip and fall, or they may be the result of overuse such as with sports or work related injuries. According to the Mayo Clinic, these often affect body parts such as the shoulders, arms, elbows, wrist, knees, and legs, along with pulled muscles and tendons in the back or neck.
Symptoms associated with soft tissue injuries tend to build over time as your injury gradually worsens. This is one of the reasons why it is important to seek medical care immediately if a soft tissue injury is suspected. Signs of potentially serious soft tissue injuries often include:
- Inability to walk more than four steps without significant discomfort;
- Stiffness and difficulty in moving the impacted area;
- Numbness and tingling in the arms, fingers, legs, or feet;
- Pain that is acute at the injury site or in the surrounding areas.
Your doctor may prescribe testing such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), x-rays, or computed tomography (CT scan) to get a better idea of the extent of your injury. Once you receive a diagnosis, it is important to follow all of your doctor’s instructions to prevent your injury from becoming an ongoing, chronic condition.
Helping Yourself Heal
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), doctors generally prescribe plenty of rest and anti-inflammatory medications for treating soft tissue injuries. They will likely also advise you to apply ice and to keep the site elevated.
Unfortunately, even with the proper treatment these injuries can take a long time to heal. Trying to rush recovery could cause you to re-injure the site, in some cases causing a tear or other serious damages that require surgery. To help promote healing, follow these tips:
- Do not return to work or your normal activities until instructed to do so by your doctor;
- Take all medicines as prescribed;
- Discover alternative treatments, such as massage or acupuncture;
- Once you return to activities, avoid overuse and overextended the injured body part.
Contact Us Today for Help
Soft tissue injuries can have long term impacts on both your health and your financial security. When you suffer these types of injuries in an accident, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III is here to help. To find out how you can get the compensation you need to recover, contact our Fort Pierce personal attorney and request a consultation today.