Are you looking for the best soft tissue injury attorney in the metro Atlanta area? If so, the experienced team of personal injury attorneys at Hinton & Powell can help. We’ve helped several clients who have suffered a soft tissue injuries caused by the negligence of someone else or a business. In either case, the attorneys of Hinton & Powell will work tirelessly to hold the accountable party responsible and get you the compensation you deserve. Continue reading to learn more about soft tissue injuries.
Soft tissue injuries involve damage to connective tissue such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments that protect bones, e.g., in the neck, back, or spine. They typically occur due to impact from auto accidents, workplace accidents, falls, playing sports, or overuse. The majority of soft tissue injuries are the direct result of an uncontrolled or unexpected movement.
In many instances of soft tissue injury, you’ll walk away from the accident feeling fine. But several days or even weeks later you begin to feel the sometimes debilitating pain associated with soft tissue injury. Far too often, soft tissue injuries result in pain, reduced mobility, missed work days, and worse.
Soft tissue injuries can cause a discomfort to severe pain in the form of stiffness, soreness, bruising, and even swelling. A few of the most common types of soft tissue injuries include:
Because of the number of different types of soft tissue injuries, there are a myriad of different treatments use. However, the type of treatment will be directly related to the soft tissue injury.
A sprain can affect the wrist, ankle, or knee due to repetitive use or a sudden wrench or twist that causes partial or complete tearing of a ligament. Sprains are commonly treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.). A brace may be used to assist in healing. Surgical repair is usually required in cases where the ligament is completely torn.
Strains are also treated with R.I.C.E. A strain involves injury to a muscle or tendon, for example in the back of the thigh. Strains are commonly caused by overuse or repetitive use of these soft tissues which can eventually become stretched or torn. Surgical repairs may be needed if the muscle or tendon is torn.
Bursitis occurs when a fluid-filled sac that forms a cushion between the muscle or tendon and the bone becomes inflamed. Overuse and direct trauma to the joint from an accident are common causes of bursitis which typically affects the elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, foot, or ankle. R.I.C.E is used to reduce swelling while anti-inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs can reduce pain and inflammation. Antibiotics or injection may be prescribed in severe cases of bursitis.
Tendonitis: Tendonitis is common among athletes, especially those who regularly play sports. Tennis elbow and swimmers shoulder are types of tendonitis. The condition is caused by inflammation of a tendon due to a work-related injury or repetitive strain or stress on this particular soft tissue. R.I.C.E, anti-inflammatory drugs, and steroid injections are common treatments but surgery may be needed if the tendon is completely torn.
Contusions or bruises are common soft tissue injuries caused by a fall, accident, or blunt force. A contusion occurs when blood from a bleeding muscle, tendon, or ligament pools at the site of the impact.
Swelling, pain, or discoloration of the area is common. Contusion treatments include rest, ice, compression, and elevation if the injury is acute. Medical attention may be necessary if the symptoms persist.
If you’ve suffered any type of soft tissue injury, you may need an attorney. You shouldn’t have to be responsible for the associated medical costs, missed days of work, and other expenses related to your injury.
The soft tissue injury attorneys at Hinton & Powell will work to protect your rights and hold the responsible party accountable. Contact us today by calling 404-365-7077 or complete our online contact form.