Soft-tissue injuries are injuries that occur to muscles, tendons, tissues, and ligaments, as compared to injuries like fractures and breaks, which involve breaking or fracturing a bone. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (“AAOS”), soft-tissues injuries fall into two different categories: acute and overuse injuries. For personal injury cases, people usually suffer “acute” injuries in car wrecks, falls, or other traumas. Overuse injuries are uncommon in personal injury cases, but we do see them regularly in workers’ compensation cases where an individual has developed carpal tunnel due to repeated work activities.
In a number of personal injury cases involving car accidents or slip and falls, clients will have some diagnosis of a soft-tissue injury. Many insurance company adjusters will downplay a soft-tissue injury as being less serious than a fracture, break, or other trauma that can be seen on an x-ray. However, soft-tissues injuries can be serious and are painful, regardless of the degree of severity. There are a number of soft-tissues injuries that can develop as a result of a personal injury. The basic types of soft-tissue injuries are strains and sprains. This week, we’ll go over strains.