Soft-tissue injuries may not seem serious, but they can affect you in your day-to-day life. With millions of people on the roads, it's no surprise that you got into a car accident, and it's even less surprising that you suffered soft-tissue injuries. These injuries range from bruising to sprains, but that's no reason to dismiss them as if they won't affect you. Some soft-tissue injuries can lead to debilitating symptoms when left without treatment.
Here's an example. If you're riding in a car and are hit from behind, your head whips back and forward quickly. This motion leads to whiplash. Whiplash is one of the most common soft-tissue injuries, and it has the potential to cause a myriad of serious symptoms. Some include back problems, memory or concentration issues, neck pain or stiffness in the neck. Headaches are common, which may be significant enough to disrupt your daily tasks.
In some cases, soft-tissue injuries like whiplash appear immediately, but in others, they take time to emerge. It's not unusual to feel fine the day of the accident and then to discover you have whiplash and several significant bruises, for example.
Since some injuries take time to appear, it's important to seek out medical help after an accident. Even if you feel okay, it's a good idea to take steps to get a checkup. You can verify your health and have the right documents for a claim against the negligent driver.
Our website has more information on the steps to take after a crash. Get the medical care you need, so you can begin to recover.