What is a soft tissue injury?

As I was driving the other day on Highway 90 through Boutte and Luling, Louisiana, I saw a St. Charles Parish school bus that had collided with at least one other vehicle.  Fortunately, the school bus looked empty except for the driver. My son was in the truck with me and asked if I thought anyone was hurt. After seeing what looked like the drivers of both vehicles walking around outside their vehicles, I told him that it was hard to tell from looking at someone the full extent of any injury.  I explained that it did not look like any bones were broken but someone may have a “soft tissue” injury.  He asked – what is a “soft tissue injury?” 

soft tissue injury is the damage of muscles, ligaments, and tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injuries usually occur from a sprain, strain, or overuse. Soft tissue injuries can result in pain, swelling, bruising and loss of function.

Soft tissue injuries are common in motor vehicle crashes and can be very painful.  Soft tissue injuries may occur with or without other more serious injury.  For example, you may have a soft tissue injury along with a herniated disc or just a soft-tissue injury.

Typically, soft tissue injuries resolve with rest, conservative treatment (like physical therapy or chiropractic care), and/or anti-inflammatory medication.  In some cases, the soft tissue may be severe and take an extended time to heal while in other cases the soft tissue injury heals quickly.

If you have been in an auto wreck and suffered a disabling soft tissue injury, let our team help you navigate the process.  We excel at fighting back against bullies who want you to accept less than you should!  Call us today at (985) 240-9773.

Loyd J. Bourgeois
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