Soft Tissue Injuries Cause Neck Strain

A Neck Strain Is A Muscle Injury Of The Neck!

Soft Tissue Injuries Cause Neck StrainNeck strain is an injury to the muscles and tendons that support and move the head and neck. A neck strain is quite a common injury and generally is mild to moderate injury which clears by itself within a few days to a week. Neck strain is often just called whiplash.

The cardinal symptom of neck strain is pain and often combined with a decreased range of motion. A neck strain is often the result of a sudden movement or force to the head or neck. A neck sprain refers to an injury to a ligament, while a neck strain is a muscle injury pulled the muscle.Neck strain is also not usually associated with fractures or dislocations of any of the bones of the cervical spine, but the injury to all of these tissues can occur with the most severe trauma.


A soft tissue injury is an injury that affects muscles, ligaments, and tendons — essentially, tissue other than bone. Whiplash, a soft tissue injury of the neck, is extremely common in car accident victims. Unfortunately, whiplash is often dismissed as a minor or self-repairing injury, which is not always the case. If an accident victim does not receive proper medical care for a whiplash injury, he or she risks developing serious complications later down the road. If you believe you may be suffering from a whiplash injury caused by a crash or collision, you should contact our Oklahoma City car accident lawyers about getting compensated for your medical bills and other financial losses.


If you thought you didn’t need to worry about whiplash because your accident was minor, think again. Medical research, such as this study published in European Spine Journal, has shown that whiplash is possible at speeds as low as roughly nine miles per hour (15 kilometers per hour).

Whiplash most often occurs in rear-end collisions. When the striking vehicle impacts the front vehicle, the force of impact propels the front vehicle occupants forward, causing a violent back-and-forth motion of the neck. This motion rapidly overextends the neck’s muscles and ligaments, pushing them beyond their limits and causing them to stretch or even tear completely. See more here.

Pain and aggravation of other symptoms while doing common daily activities is common when a neck strain is present because this stresses the neck muscles that are used in small ways during all these activities.

How Do You Prove Soft Tissue Injury?

Soft tissue injuries are like feelings — they’re real and they hurt but they can be invisible and not everyone believes in them. For these reasons, proving this kind of injury can be difficult, or more difficult than a more obvious type of harm, like a broken leg.

Still, people do recover legal remedies for soft tissue injuries every day, so it is not at all impossible to get compensation for your damages after an accident. Let’s look at proving negligence in the context of this type of claim.

Soft Tissue Injury

Soft tissue injury refers to damage to soft areas of the body, like ligaments, muscles, and tendons. A hard tissue injury, by contrast, refers to a broken bone or damage to a hard area of the body. While a soft tissue injury can seem less traumatic on the surface — who wouldn’t prefer a strain to a break? — this kind of harm can last a long time and cause discomfort and make everyday duties difficult.

Sprains, strains, and contusions in soft tissue do not always manifest immediately after an accident but the pain can last for years, which is why people seek to recover damages for their invisible injuries. Read more here.

Soft tissue problems such as wry neck or neck strain are ruled out, you are likely to undergo an imaging study to look for arthritis, degenerative disc disease, or other possible pathology in the spine.

How Soft Tissue Injuries Cause Neck Strain

Depending on the extent of the damage, symptoms of a neck strain or sprain can range from mild discomfort to painful muscle spasms. Inflammation and muscle spasms may also occur around the injury as your muscles work to stabilize your soft tissues, and these muscle spasms can be extremely painful.

Treatment options

While it is common for soft tissue injuries to resolve after a few days, it is a good idea to seek treatment both to ease acute pain and to help prevent future flare-ups of pain.

Common first-aid treatment options include:

  • Pain medication (such as acetaminophen)
  • Cold therapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Massage therapy

Additionally, after the initial flare-up of pain a program of neck stretches and strengthening exercises can help prevent future injuries. Read full article here.

Neck Strain Can Be Acute or Chronic

Neck strain is only one of many causes of neck pain. Typically, the roots of neck strain are related to injury and prolonged poor posture, but the most common cause is injury-related. Some types of neck strain are not always preventable (whiplash from an accident, bone spurs, certain degenerative diseases, etc.

Neck sprain or neck strain are other terms that are used to describe whiplash injuries. Symptoms of a mild neck strain will typically subside within a month. Neck Pain, Neck Stress, and Neck Strain are all too common complaints, call us here: (619) 831-8777. A neck strain can cause discomfort and be surprisingly painful.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.

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