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Soft tissue injuries to watch for after an accident

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | Car Accidents

Car accidents can lead to a variety of injuries, and some may be more apparent than others. Even when you do not have any visible wounds, you may still have injuries that need attention. Soft tissue injuries are more difficult to see after an accident though they occur frequently.

Recognizing soft tissue injuries early can help you avoid long-term complications.


Whiplash is a common neck injury. It causes stretching or tearing in the ligaments, tendons and muscles of your neck. Sharp neck pain that begins soon after the accident often indicates whiplash. Restricted range of motion and muscle spasms in the neck are also common with this injury.

Spinal injuries

Spinal discs, muscles and ligaments can get damaged in a collision, leading to back pain. Symptoms may appear right away or take days to emerge. Chronic back discomfort, spasms, reduced flexibility and pain during movement warrant medical evaluation.

Shoulder damage

Shoulders hold many soft tissues that allow flexibility but are vulnerable in crashes. Symptoms of shoulder sprains or strains include inflammation, bruising, pain with movement, tenderness and reduced range of motion.

Knee impact

Knee injuries occur when the knees hit the dashboard or other interior components in a crash. Sprains, strains or damage to cartilage, ligaments and tendons cause pain, instability and inflammation. Swelling, popping sounds, limited mobility and inability to bear weight are cause for concern.

Proper documentation of your injuries is key when you file a personal injury claim. When you have signs of a soft tissue injury, a medical evaluation is the best documentation for your case.