How does a soft tissue injury affect the quality of your life after a car accident? Many people who are involved in car accidents here in Louisville and across Kentucky every month believe they have avoided injury. They may seem shaken up, but there are no obvious major injuries or broken bones. Or so they believe. Many injuries sustained in a car accident can take weeks or even months before presenting symptoms.
The soft tissues of the neck and spine are especially susceptible to the forces involved in a motor vehicle accident. The neck, torso and head are lashed violently in many directions in the micro-seconds associated with an accident. This results in damage to the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons and discs associated with the neck and back.
“Whiplash” is a soft tissue injury which has gotten a bad name over the years. Unfortunately, the quality of life for whiplash victims after a car accident may be affected for years after the accident. While initial symptoms may not be evident for several days, many whiplash cases seem to resolve within several weeks. However, headaches, chronic pain and ultimately arthritis are experienced by many patients who must endure whiplash.
In what other ways does a soft tissue injury affect the quality of your life? Another example is disc herniations. The vertebrae of your neck and spine are separated by small, fluid filled pads known as discs. The violent forces of an accident often result in small micro-tears in these discs known as “herniations.” While there may be no immediate symptoms, over the next few weeks or even months fluid seeps out of the disc as the body moves and ultimately the patient is bedridden with extensive pain.
Soft tissue injuries cause patients to miss time at work and involve severe pain and discomfort. This is why it is important to see a doctor within 24 to 48 hours of any motor vehicle accident, even if you think you are unhurt. You should also contact HLH or call (866) 583-9701 to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys for a free consultation. Learn how to preserve your rights and how we can help to protect your right to full and fair compensation from soft tissue injuries.