Soft Tissue Injuries

A soft tissue injury can result from a practically endless array of situations, including automobile accidents, on-the-job injuries, athletic events, and several other types of personal injuries. At best, they can leave a person sore for days; in the worst cases, they can leave someone with severe, chronic pain that requires extensive physical therapy and/or medical care. If you’ve suffered a soft tissue injury in NC as the result of someone else’s negligence or malice, contact Brent Adams & Associates.

What are soft-tissue injuries?

As we stated earlier, many activities can lead to soft-tissue damage of muscles, ligaments, joints, and tendons. The result can be pain, inflammation, bruising, and damage. Soft-tissue injuries are separated into three classifications:


A contusion (most commonly called a bruise) is a soft tissue injury often produced by a blunt force such as a kick, fall, or blow. The result will be pain, swelling, and discoloration. More serious contusions may need to be examined by a physician.


A strain is an injury to a muscle or tendon, and is often caused by overuse, force, or stretching. If a tear in the muscle occurs, surgery may be necessary.


A sprain is an injury to a ligament and is often caused by a wrench or twist. Sprains often affect the ankles, knees, or wrists. If the ligament is torn, surgical repair may be necessary. One of the most common examples of a sprain—and something that a North Carolina Lawyer from Brent Adams & Associates sees very often—is whiplash.


A whiplash neck injury occurs as a result of an abrupt backward and forward “whipping” of the neck (hence the name, whiplash). This sudden movement sprains the ligaments and muscles which hold the spinal segments of your neck.

Whiplash is so common in car accidents because your head and neck go unsupported and do not accelerate as quickly as the body does. Almost every person involved in a moving vehicle accident suffers a whiplash injury to some degree.

The effects of whiplash are often not felt immediately following an accident and may go undiagnosed. It will likely be a few days before the pain will be felt, but once it sets in, it can severely limit one’s movement. The neck can become stiff with inflammation and spasms can are occur. Severe discomfort can also be felt in the shoulders and arms. Tingling of the fingers and headaches are common complaints with this type of injury.

Whiplash Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Restricted movement
  • Tiredness and feelings of nervousness
  • Trouble with balance / equilibrium
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Inability to sleep
  • Excessive sweating
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Inability to concentrate and/or memory loss

Contact Our Offices

If you experience any of the above symptoms indicative of whiplash, and you’ve been in a car accident or some other type of accident; or, if you have received a contusion or strain resulting from the actions of someone else, contact Brent Adams & Associates.