Any naturally calcified tissue is called bone. The rest of the tissues on the human body that are NOT calcified are called “SOFT TISSUE”, such as brain, spine, nerves, muscles, ligament, tendons, cartilage, heart, lungs kidneys, liver, intestine, reproductive organs, etc.

After a car accident, both hard tissues known as “bones” and the rest of the tissues known as “soft tissues” can sustain injuries.

Here are the most common soft tissues that sustain injuries after a low speed collision:

  • Brain
  • Spine
  • Nerves
  • Muscles, ligaments and tendons of the spine
  • Muscles, ligaments and tendons of the shoulders, elbows, wrists, ribs, hips, pelvis, knees, ankles and feet
  • Esophagus, Larynx, Pharynx, Jaws
  • Spleen and liver

Here are the brief healing STEPS of soft tissue injuries:

PHASE 1: Acute and sub-acute inflammatory responses: Injured areas are provided, nutrient, catalysts, enzymes’ prostaglandins, hydrogen ions, serotonins, and other immune modulated compounds in a liquid form. These compounds are rushed to the injured area within the firs minutes and last several days.

It is imperative to monitor this inflammatory response, but not interfere with its natural process. 

Many physicians prescribe their patients anti-inflammatory medications. This alters the natural course of healing and causes the injured areas to develop adhesions, fibrosis causing early arthritis and other com0lications.

The best remedies for the acute and sub-acute inflammatory phases:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Pain Management
  • Chiropractic nerve decompression and nerve stimulation
  • Physical Therapy
  • Home remedies

If you have been in a car accident, please call Injury Treatment Centers of Kansas City immediately at 816-886-9005. We will begin managing your injuries “over the phone” from the minute you call us.

NOTE: Please read the following blogs to learn about PHASE 2 and PHASE 3 of soft tissue healing

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