Pain resulting from soft tissue damage is a part of nearly every accident. Most of the time, the pain resolves within a few weeks or months. However, when it doesn’t, it can have a detrimental effect on your life.
Chronic pain can be quite challenging to deal with because it typically does not show up on an MRI, x-ray, or ultrasound. Often people who are suffering from chronic pain are told by insurance company doctors that the pain is all in their head and that there is “no objective evidence” of impairment. Despite the pain, they are told to return to all their pre-accident activities. Not surprisingly, people with chronic pain often go on to develop depression.
“Soft tissue” refers to muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, organs, or parts of your spine. Injuries to soft tissues can often result in severe pain, but can take days or even months for the full extent of the injury to make itself apparent after an accident. Often, our clients are told that there can’t be a connection between their pain and the accident as their complaints began long after the accident occurred. Moreover, it does not always take a high-impact accident to cause serious and sometimes permanent damage to your soft tissues.
There are numerous was in which chronic pain can negatively impact your life, such as compromising your ability to:
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