SOFT TISSUE INJURIES2018-06-27T22:34:48+00:00



When a person seeks treatment at an Emergency Room after an accident, they usually get X-rays of any body parts they’ve complained about.  If there are no fractures or dislocations, those X-rays will usually be negative. This doesn’t mean the person is not injured, because soft tissue injuries do not show up on X-rays. That’s why the hospital will recommend that you follow up with a doctor if you are still experiencing pain the following day.

There are many different types of soft tissue injuries with varying severity.  The soft tissues that are usually injured in an accident are the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.  These injuries are usually diagnosed with an MRI prescribed by a doctor. If you are experiencing pain that doesn’t show up on an X-ray, it’s important to follow up with testing and clinical correlation with a doctor. It’s also a good idea to have a FREE CONSULTATION with a Personal Injury Attorney who may be able to assist you with getting your medical bills paid, collecting for any earnings you have lost, recouping your out of pocket expenses and obtaining a settlement or verdict for your pain and suffering.



At Wittenstein & Wittenstein, we’ve been helping injured people for over 60 years.  Please call us for a free consultation718-261-8114. Some attorneys only want to handle cases with fractures, but at Wittenstein & Wittenstein we know that sometimes a soft tissue injury can be serious, so we won’t turn you away.

Some Examples of Soft Tissue Injuries from Accidents:

  • Strains– Caused by extreme stretching of a muscle, tendon or ligament.  Sometimes strains cause tears which are diagnosed with an MRI.
  • Sprains– Caused by extreme twisting or rolling.   Sometimes strains can cause tears which are diagnosed with an MRI.
  • Contusions– A bruise that is usually caused by blunt trauma that does not break the skin.  An area where there is a contusion needs to be examined to see if there is damage to the soft tissue underneath.
  • Tendonitis – Inflammation of the tendons that causes pain.  Testing can reveal whether there is a tear that might be causing the tendonitis.
  • Bursitis – Swelling of the bursa.
  • Stress Fractures – These tiny fractures are most common in older people, but can sometimes be caused by an accident, if the trauma places extra stress on a bone.
  • Whiplash – A soft tissue injury to the neck from traumatic overextension that can vary in severity.  Sometimes the cause of pain is a herniated or bulging disc, so it is wise to get follow up treatment if you have been diagnosed with whiplash.

It is difficult to predict the long-term recovery for a soft tissue injury right after an accident.  Sometimes the person feels 100% in a couple of weeks, but often there is a lingering or worsening pain.  Conservative treatment, such as physical therapy is usually attempted for many months before any more invasive procedures are recommended.  Unfortunately, sometimes these seemingly minor injuries will require surgery to achieve a fuller recovery.

For more information about your soft tissue injury accident case, please call our Forest Hills, Queens office at 718-261-8114 for a free consultation.  We’ve been helping injured people for more than 60 years. We’ll take good care of you.