Understanding Injuries: Soft Tissue versus Hard Tissue Injuries

September 5, 2017 Personal Injury

When we sustain injuries, it can be to soft tissue or hard tissue in our bodies. Hard tissue includes bones and teeth. Soft tissue is the tissue that connects and supports surrounding structures and organs of the body, and includes ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

Soft Tissue Injury

Soft tissue injuries are generally injury to the ligaments, tendons, or muscles.

  • Ligaments are ” the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints.” The stretching or tearing of a ligament is commonly referred to as a sprain.
  • A tendon is a ” fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones.” The stretching or tearing of a tendon or muscle is commonly referred to as a strain.

While mild soft tissue injures can be treated with RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), severe sprains and strains require surgery to repair torn ligaments, tendons, or muscles. Severe soft tissue injuries may never heal back to the way they were prior to the injury. The buildup of scar tissue that limits the blood supply to the injured area may affect range of motion and can be a contributing factor to any long-lasting effects of a soft tissue injury.

Hard Tissue Injury

Hard tissue injuries are generally bone fractures or commonly called “broken bones.” Roughly 6 million people in the United States break a bone each year. Bone fractures often take significant time to heal because there is a relatively low blood supply to hard tissue. Fortunately, most broken bones, when treated properly, heal without additional problems. However, about 300,000 broken bone cases per year are slow to heal or do not heal with traditional methods.

Seeking Medical Attention for Your Injuries

Both soft tissue and hard tissue injuries can be serious and require medical attention. In fact, according to the CDC, in 2014, 2.4 million people were injured in car crashes, requiring some medical treatment.

If you are injured in an accident, it is critical that you seek medical attention immediately. First and foremost, it is important that you get the proper medical care you need to treat your injuries and to recover properly.

Second, medical care develops crucial evidence in your claim for compensation. Your medical care is an important factor in proving one of the elements of a Nebraska personal injury case: that you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or misconduct.

If you were involved in an accident caused by someone else’s actions, you may be entitled to compensation for your injures, including medical bills, lost wages, lost future wages, and possibly pain and suffering, and other damages. Call our Omaha personal injury lawyers today (402) 558-4900 to schedule a free personal injury case consultation. Our compassionate staff is available to help answer your questions and begin the process of seeking justice in your accident case. People who act negligently or recklessly and endanger others should be held accountable for their actions.

Matthew G. Miller serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.