December 9, 2013
Damage to ligaments is a connective tissue injury that may require treatment to fully heal. Car accidents – even minor accidents at an intersection in Merrillville – can cause these injuries. Although soft tissue injuries such as these certainly aren’t life threatening, the healing process can sometimes be lengthy.
Why are connective tissue injuries slow to heal?
Connective tissue injuries can take longer to heal because of:
- Low blood supply
- Extent of damage
Inflammation typically lasts several days. The production of new tissue can take several weeks and regaining flexibility/strength can take anywhere from several weeks to several months or even years. Much of this depends on the severity of the injury, whether the ligament was stretched, partially torn or completely torn. For instance, those who require surgery usually take longer to heal.
A delay in treatment or a failure to undergo the right treatment can also impact the healing process. And the recovery for older adults or those with certain diseases (such as arthritis in the affected area) can also play a role.
How can I speed up the healing process for a soft tissue injury?
Part of speeding up the healing process is not rushing back into activities that might result in re-injury. Most people need to gradually get back to certain types of activities. For instance, someone with a connective tissue injury involving the knee may not miss much work if they work a desk job. But it may be a few months for those whose work is more active.
It’s also important to seek treatment early to prevent further tissue damage:
- Medication to reduce swelling and pain
An injury may also be more likely to heal faster with physical therapy. Exercises can improve strength and range of motion.
When a connective-tissue injury is from a car accident that was the fault of someone else, compensation for damages like medical and rehabilitation costs may be recoverable. There could also be compensation for missed time from work. Accident victims in the Merrillville area can consult The Hensley Legal Group to discuss their claim and for help pursuing fair compensation.