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Car Accident Injury
Dr. Roy VogelFeb 2, 2017 12:48:51 PM3 min read

What Is A Soft Tissue Injury?

Soft Tissue Injuries Resulting From a Car Accident

Car accidents subject your body to an extreme amount of trauma.

Because all of the sudden trauma your body goes through, you will most likely sustain soft tissue injuries.

Unsure of what a soft tissue injury is?

That's ok!

In this blog, we discuss what a soft tissue injury is, common types of soft tissue injuries after car accidents, and how chiropractic care can help treat those injuries.

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A soft tissue injury is any injury to a ligament, muscle, or tendon.

These “soft” areas of the body typically become injured after undergoing some trauma, such as a car accident, or another type of personal injury accident.

Victims hurt in a car accident usually suffer from symptoms of a soft-tissue injury.

The rapid change in direction causes your body to absorb all of that force resulting in a reaction known as muscle splinting.

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Below is an explanation of the most common types of soft tissue injuries people sustain in an accident.

4 Common Soft Tissue Injuries After a Car Accident

Many people suffer a soft tissue injury after a car accident.Best treatment options for soft tissue injuries

By far the most common injury is whiplash, but many other wounds can easily result in impact.

Let's take a look at three common soft tissue injuries that can result from a car accident.

1. Sprains

A sprain occurs when the ligament is stretched or torn.

Ligaments are strong bands of connective tissue, and they connect one bone to another bone.

Their primary function is stabilizing and supporting the joints in the body.


2. Contusions

Contusions are bruises.

These injuries are caused by force, or blow, to the underlying muscle fibers.

They crush these fibers and connective tissues without breaking the skin, but it causes discoloration and blood pooling in the affected area.


3. Strains

Strains injure the muscles and tendons in the body. Tendons are made of fibrous cords of tissue, and they attach bones to muscles.

Strains are similar to sprains, in that they stretch or tear your tendons or muscles.

Strains will cause pain, cramping, swelling, muscle weakness, and spasms.


4. Whiplash

The most common type of ligament strain after a car accident is whiplash.

Whiplash typically occurs from a forceful rear-end impact.

The collision causes the accident victim’s neck and head to move forward and back in a violent motion.

Common symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Stiff Neck
  • Neck Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Memory Loss and Lack of Concentration

Some accident victims experience these symptoms immediately, while others do not feel any pain or symptoms for several days to weeks after the accident.

Soft tissue injuries cause pain, discomfort, soreness, swelling, stiffness, and bruising.

Depending on the severity of the crash and the amount of force caused by the collision, passengers in the car can experience severe pain from being violently thrown around within the car.


Why See A Chiropractor After A Car Accident in Which You Suffered a Soft Tissue Injury?

Because soft tissue injuries can take days or even weeks to develop it is important to see a chiropractor immediately following the accident.

A chiropractic doctor can diagnose any injuries you sustained and provide you with a specialized treatment plan.

These medical records are also essential if you plan on filing a claim against the at-fault driver.Soft Tissue Injuries After a Car Wreck

Because soft-tissue injuries do not appear on x-rays, a professional medical diagnosis of your condition is required to get you the compensation you need to recover and pay for your medical treatments.


Visit Arrowhead Clinic for Soft Tissue Injury Relief

If you are in the Georgia or South Carolina area, our Car Accident Clinics welcome you.

Our team of Accident Injury Chiropractic Doctors has been treating crash victims for over 40 years.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a wreck and need to speak with someone about your soft-tissue injuries, click the banner below for a Free Consultation!

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Dr. Roy Vogel

Dr. Vogel has been a chiropractor with Arrowhead Clinic in Decatur, Georgia since 1992. He provides outstanding care, often working with patients who have work or auto accident-related injuries. Dr. Vogel offers a range of treatments, including chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. He brings over 26 years of experience caring for patients with debilitating head, neck, and back pain. Dr. Vogel obtained his doctoral degree in chiropractic medicine from Life University. As a professional, he keeps himself updated on the latest advancements made in the field of chiropractic services. Dr. Vogel is devoted to ensuring his patient's recovery and well-being. He takes his time to understand symptoms so he can accurately diagnose and treat injuries ensuring the continued health of all his patients. One of Dr. Vogel’s car accident patients recently stated, “The customer service here is top tier. I got into an accident and was sent to this office for treatment. The ladies are so nice and welcoming and the chiropractor's top priority is your recovery.” Dr. Vogel is available for free, same-day consultations Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 a.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.