ITC of Kansas City

The 3 Phases of Healing in Kansas City (Phase 1)

Man holding his back suffering from Soft Tissue Injury Treatment After Car Accident in Kansas City, MO

Bone is any naturally calcified tissue in the human body. In contrast, all tissues that are not calcified are classified as “soft tissues.” These include vital organs and structures such as the brain, spinal cord, nerves, muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, intestines, reproductive organs, and more.

After a car accident, both calcified tissues (bones) and non-calcified tissues (soft tissues) can be injured. Here are some of the most commonly affected soft tissues following a low-speed collision:

  • Brain
  • Spine
  • Nerves
  • Muscles, ligaments, and tendons: particularly those in the spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, ribs, hips, pelvis, knees, ankles, and feet
  • Esophagus, larynx, pharynx, jaws
  • Spleen and liver

Healing soft tissue injuries involves several phases. Here is a brief overview of the key steps in the healing process:

Phase 1: Acute and Sub-Acute Inflammatory Responses

Immediately following an injury, the body initiates an acute inflammatory response. This involves the delivery of nutrients, catalysts, enzymes, prostaglandins, hydrogen ions, serotonins, and other immune-modulating compounds to the injured area. This influx occurs within minutes of the injury and can persist for several days.

It is critical to monitor the inflammatory response without interfering with its natural progression. Physicians often prescribe anti-inflammatory medications, but this can disrupt the natural healing process, potentially leading to the development of adhesions, fibrosis, early arthritis, and other complications.

Best Remedies for Acute and Sub-Acute Inflammatory Phases:

  • Rest: Allowing the body time to heal is essential.
  • Ice: Applying ice can help reduce swelling and pain.
  • Pain Management: Utilizing various methods to manage pain can aid in recovery.
  • Chiropractic Care: Techniques like nerve decompression and nerve stimulation can be beneficial.
  • Physical Therapy: Exercises and treatments designed to restore function and mobility.
  • Home Remedies: Simple, at-home treatments can support the healing process.

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly. The Injury Treatment Centers of Kansas City offer immediate assistance, starting with injury management advice over the phone. Contact them at (816) 886-9005 or schedule an appointment to ensure you receive the care and peace of mind you deserve.