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 Soft Tissue Injuries
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), sprains, strains, bursitis, tendonitis, stress injuries and contusions may be labeled as soft tissue injuries. Although many soft tissue injuries are caused by sport injuries, others are the result of carelessness and negligence. Many soft tissue injuries are caused by sudden falls or twists. Outside forces, such as a blow to the body, may result in a soft tissue injury as well. Although most soft tissue injuries are not life threatening , repeated stress and injury to the same portion of the body can result in serious physical complications.
Sprain Injuries
A sprain occurs when the ligaments connecting the bones in your joints are stretched or torn. Although they are not life threatening, sprain injuries can be extremely painful and may keep you from participating in everyday activities, chores and work. Knees, wrists and ankles are more susceptible to sprains than other areas of the body. Ankle sprains are very common and usually occur when the foot is twisted inward, placing extreme and unnecessary pressure on the ligaments supporting the bones in the leg and ankle. Sprained knees are another common injury and usually happen when the knee is suddenly twisted. Although sprains are extremely painful, they usually heal without significant medical attention. Extreme sprains may need to be surgically repaired, but most injuries heal with rest, ice and elevation.
Strain Injuries and Contusions
A strain injury occurs when the muscles or tendons supporting your bones are damaged. Tendons connect your muscles and bones and provide support. Strain injuries usually occur in the victim’s foot or leg and can be fairly painful. Although many muscle strains heal without significant medical attention, serious accidents may cause the muscles to partially or completely tear. Like a sprain injury, mild strains can be treated by elevating the damaged limb and icing it. However, you should seek immediate medical attention if the injury does not heal quickly.
Simply put, a contusion is a bruise sustained by a muscle, ligament or tendon. Bruises are identifiable by their dark color – the result of blood collecting around the injury underneath the skin. Mild bruises are insignificant and heal without medical attention; moderate contusions may be treated like a strain or sprain injury. If the injury does not heal relatively soon, talk to your doctor.
If you or a loved one has suffered a soft tissue injury, David McQuade Leibowitz is ready to discuss your rights today. With more than 35 years legal experience, David McQuade Leibowitz can help you understand your legal rights, circumstances and options. To see what a top-notch injury attorney can do for you, contact David McQuade Leibowitz today or fill out an online case evaluation.
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