Identifying a soft tissue injury

You can feel it but you they can’t see it. Like a migraine, a terrible stomach ache, or a head injury, some aches and pains can affect daily life but aren’t visible to the outside world. Proving soft tissue injuries can be more difficult than proving a fracture. Luckily, assessment of soft tissue injuries has become more sophisticated by medical providers, giving those with “invisible” injuries a better claim if they go to court.
The Basics: Soft tissue injuries include damage to muscles, tendons, and ligaments (not bone.)
Usually pain, swelling, and often bruising results when soft tissues are damaged. If there is excessive swelling, the healing process may be delayed. That’s why, for the first three days, experts recommend “RICE.”

    • Rest (to prevent further injury)
    • Ice (in 20-30 minute increments every 2-3 hours)
    • Compression (wrap a sore area to reduce swelling)
    • Elevation (lie down, rest, and keep your injury above your heart to reduce swelling)

This helpful mnemonic will promote healing, minimize injury, and start your recovery process. Taking care of yourself is important. However, additional caution may be necessary. Because of the unknown severity of the injury and legal consequences, taking proper caution and consulting with a doctor is very important.

Soft Tissue Injuries Can Be More Problematic than a Fracture

It’s not possible to read an article and determine whether or not you have a soft tissue injury. Injuries are unique, and diagnosing yourself based on a Wiki-how article or other source from the internet opens you up to a whole host of problems. Don’t simply self medicate – seek prompt medical attention for an accurate diagnosis and specific care from a professional.

You May Not Feel It Right Away

Right after an accident, you may not feel an injury. The adrenaline rush that kicks in, even with a low-impact crash, could disguise soft tissue injury symptoms. Experts say it’s impossible to determine right away whether the injury will be permanent.
If you’ve ever considered settling outside both party’s insurance companies, think again. Settling the case outside could leave you at risk of handling extensive unforeseen medical bills. Soft-tissue damage can take 24-48 hours to appear. You, or the other party, may not know the extent of the crash until it’s too late.

Consult with Rhett Hoestenbach to ensure your medical treatment is documented correctly.

Soft tissue injuries won’t show up in an X-Ray and can be harder to document. Recovery could involve physical therapy, a chiropractor, or other experienced professionals to properly document their services and their evaluation of your injury.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, take proactive measures to ensure that your soft tissue injury heals properly and you experience the shortest recovery time possible. An experienced, board certified personal injury lawyer such as Rhett Hoestenbach can connect you with the right resources to minimize your injury and move towards full recovery. Contact us for a free consultation of your case today. Call us at 512-472-8865 or email

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