What is a Soft Tissue Injury and How Can a Chiropractor Help You Heal?
March 03, 2019

Around 3 million people suffer injuries in car accidents each year in the US.

The most common injuries suffered during road accidents are soft tissue injuries. Understanding these injuries, their symptoms, and how to heal them is very important.

If you have been in an accident and are still feeling pain or limited mobility, it’s possible you are suffering from a soft tissue injury. Read on to find out more about them, and how a chiropractor can help you heal.

What Are Soft Tissue Injuries?

Soft tissue injuries are when there is damage to the body’s connective tissue such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

Sudden force, such as a collision causes damage to these tissues by pulling, tearing or compressing them.

Depending on the severity of the impact or strain, soft tissue injuries can take weeks, or sometimes months to heal. This is why it is important to seek help if you have suffered one of these injuries.

Types of Soft Tissue Injury

There are many forms of soft tissue injury. The most common ones experienced by victims of car accidents are:

  • Whiplash
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Contusions (bruises)
  • Muscle tears

Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries and can be one of the most problematic. A sudden jolt to the neck can cause whiplash, which is usually the result of a rear-end collision. This causes an injury to the tissues surrounding the shoulders, neck, and base of the skull.

Symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Stiff neck
  • Pain in the neck
  • Headaches
  • Back problems
  • Loss of memory or concentration

These symptoms can present themselves immediately after a car accident or can take hours or days to develop. If left untreated, whiplash can become a chronic problem, so it is advisable to seek treatment as soon as possible.

Common Causes Of Soft Tissue Injuries

As we’ve discussed, one of the main causes of soft tissue injuries is car accidents. This is because the impact of a collision causes the body to jolt, which causes soft tissues to strain or tear.

Other causes of soft tissue injuries include:

  • Sports
  • Heavy lifting
  • Repetitive strain
  • Falls

Any activity that can cause a sudden impact on your body or repetitive strain can cause injury.

How A Chiropractor Can Help

There are a number of methods a chiropractor can use to treat a soft tissue injury. This always starts with a thorough examination of the injury and diagnosis. Chiropractic treatments for soft tissue injuries include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Massage
  • Ultra-sound therapy
  • Electrical muscle stimulation

Treatments for whiplash usually involve gentle adjustments to realign body tissues. This takes pressure away from the injury, alleviates pain and increases mobility.

Don’t Suffer In Silence, Seek Help

If you have been in a car accident or suspect that you may have a soft tissue injury, it is better to be safe than sorry and seek help from a chiropractor.

At County Line Chiropractic, we treat soft tissue injuries and can work with you to ensure your future is pain-free. Contact us today to make an appointment.

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