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Muscle Injury, Whiplash, & Car Accidents

Car Accident Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale

Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the muscles in the neck, and is the most common injury that results after a car accident. This type of soft tissue injury doesn’t show up on x-rays, yet it can cause extreme pain and problems with movement. A branch of medical care called soft tissue therapy is often prescribed after an injury like whiplash. Without treatment, whiplash can cause chronic pain that lasts for years.

Other Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries can occur throughout the body after a car accident. The specific soft tissues affected depend on the particulars of the accident, and can include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Contusions

These injuries can result in bruising, swelling, pain, and limitation of function. In some cases, such as with severe ankle sprains, soft tissue injuries can be more difficult to treat than fractures.

Treatment of Muscle Injuries in South Florida

Often, muscle injuries are treated only with anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers, with the damaged tissues left to heal on their own. The problem is that injured muscles develop scar tissue so that when they heal they are not as strong and supple as they were prior to the injury. However, various physical therapy techniques can help muscle injuries heal better by helping align scar tissue as it forms so that it causes fewer problems.

Age and Muscle Injuries
Scientific studies have discovered that as we get older, the body’s “instructions” to the stem cells of muscles become garbled, and this means that injured muscles take longer to heal. Furthermore, when aged muscles do heal, they do not repair themselves well. Stem cells that should generate new muscle tissue tend to generate fibroblasts, which are scar tissues. That means that when an older person suffers muscle injuries in a car accident, he or she cannot count on the level of healing that occurs in younger people. Long term pain or mobility issues can result.

Contact Our Auto Accident Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for Help

The top priority after a car accident is getting any necessary emergency medical treatment and notifying police so that the incident can be thoroughly documented. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer like the ones at Kelley/Uustal is also a wise move after you or a loved one is injured in a car accident. Muscle injuries often do not show up right away, so emergency medical treatment may not be adequate.

If your muscle injury is the result of someone else’s careless or reckless action, you may be entitled to be compensated for your expenses as well as lost wages, pain, and suffering. There is never a charge for consulting and we only accept injury cases on a contingency basis- meaning that if you don’t recover money, you don’t pay any fees. Call us for more information or to review the details of your accident.

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