Soft tissue injuries, often called an STIs, occurs when the muscles, tendons, and ligaments have undergone a sprain or a strain. This can happen for any number of reasons. It might occur because a person has overused a joint or has put too much stress on a joint. They are very common in automobile accidents, as well. In addition to the pain caused by these types of injuries, they often swell and bruising will accompanying them.
How Does a Chiropractor Help?
Chiropractors know the body very well, and they know the difference between someone who is “a little sore” after a car accident and those who are suffering from more problematic soft tissue injuries. Sometimes, a person will feel soft tissue pain immediately after a car accident, but in other cases, it may not be noticeable for a few weeks or longer. This doesn’t mean that the pain just showed up, of course. The problems were there due to the accident or injury, but it merely took them some time to fully manifest.
Therefore, whenever someone has an accident, whether it is an auto accident or another type of accident, scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor to get checked out is always a good option. The chiropractor can examine you for any potential STI that might be there, even if you are not yet aware of the problem yourself. This could be helpful to make sure you are getting the right treatment now, so you will not have to deal with more pain later. It can also be instrumental in proving that you had an injury in the event of a lawsuit, for example.
When someone first has an STI, it is important to protect the area, as well as rest it and to provide ice, compression, and elevation. This can be effective in the immediate aftermath, and you may be advised to continue with the treatment. However, it is in your best interest to speak with a chiropractor who can examine you for soft tissue injuries and provide the types of treatment you need to heal.
What Are Common Types of STIs?
Whiplash injuries are probably one of the first things that come to mind when you are thinking about injuries sustained from auto accidents. This type of injury is common, and it is caused when the head moves suddenly in one direction – forward, backward, or sideways. The injury can cause pain in more than just the neck. The shoulders can be in pain, as well as the upper arms. Many may also feel numbness in their hands.
Accidents can cause a range of damages to the soft tissues of the body, as well. The discs between the bones of the vertebrae are small and spongy, and they will typically act as a shock absorber. They also help to keep the spine flexible. However, these soft tissue areas of the body can be injured during an accident. This is typically known as slipping a disk or having a ruptured, bulging, or herniated disk. It can be very painful.
Some of the other types of injuries include contusions and tendonitis, in addition to the strains and sprains mentioned earlier. While there are other potential types of injuries, these are the ones that are the most common after you have been in a car accident. It would be a mistake to avoid getting help for these injuries or to believe that the pain will eventually just go away. If you do not get treatment, there is a good chance that the pain will just become worse. It is in your best interest to speak with a chiropractor about getting help.
What Types of Methods Are Used?
Chiropractors have a range of methods they can use when they are trying to treat soft tissue injuries. One of the techniques for dealing with STIs, which is often performed by chiropractors, as well as osteopathic physicians and physical therapists, is called the Graston Technique. The goals of this technique are to break down the scar tissue and fascia restrictions, which often occur with soft tissue injuries. It can also stretch the connective tissue and promote a better healing environment for the soft tissue.
This and other types of manual tissue mobilization therapy, along with instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization therapy help to get patients on the path to healing. You can speak with the chiropractor about the types of therapy and options available for you.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an auto accident, it is important that you set up an appointment with a chiropractic professional sooner rather than later. They can let you know if there are any soft tissue issues that will need to be addressed.