What's the most common soft tissue injury in a car accident?

Soft tissue injuries involve problems relating to the soft areas of the body like muscles, tendons and ligaments. These injuries often include the sprained joints, bruised areas of the body and strained muscles and joints. The most famous and common soft tissue injury that results from car crashes is whiplash.

In medical terminology, doctors refer to whiplash as a cervical strain, a cervical sprain or a cervical hyperextension. Whiplash is common in car accident cases because when a vehicle comes to a sudden and violent stop, it may cause the head and neck to whip around. This can result in tearing, bruising and straining of the soft tissues in and around the neck area.

In many cases, the worst of the symptoms related to whiplash do not reveal themselves until some time after the accident, even days after the accident. In fact, a whiplash victim might walk away from the crash somewhat rattled, but otherwise feeling fine -- but later discover extreme pain and stiffness in the neck. Here are the whiplash symptoms to watch out for:

  • Neck stiffness
  • Sharp neck pain
  • Back pain and other back issues
  • Cognitive problems affecting concentration and memory
  • Headaches

Medical treatment and physical rehabilitation after a serious whiplash injury can take time and cost a lot of money. If you are suffering from whiplash after a car crash that was the result of another party's negligence or wrongful behavior, you might want to investigate your options to seek financial justice and restitution through the pursuit of a personal injury action in Missouri civil court.

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