Get Speedy Recovery From an Auto Accident

Injuries from an auto accident can linger for years if they are not treated properly, and they can affect your quality of life. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact locally owned Spinal Injury Centers.

There may have been more damage than you realize. The longer it goes untreated, the harder it will be to recover. We will guide you through your treatment and let our network of physicians help you through this traumatic time. Call (904) 644-7034 for an appointment.

The Truth About Soft Tissue and Pain

On most occasions, pain is a result of injury to the soft tissues of the body. Many people go to a chiropractor because they think a bone is out of place and it is pinching a nerve. That is not true.

Soft tissues are everything attached to the bone. This includes:

  • Muscles
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Joint capsules
  • Discs
  • Nerves
  • Fascia

The Soft Tissue Healing Process

After being injured, soft tissues heal by a relatively complex process, involving three phases.

Phase One — Inflammation
Normal soft tissues have a crisscross pattern that gives them strength in all directions of force. When soft tissues are torn, their fibers are disrupted in a manner similar to the tearing of a piece of paper. Once these tissues have torn, they will heal in three distinct phases.

The first step is the acute inflammation phase, also known as swelling. This phase and swelling will last for a few days after an injury. During this phase, the tissues continue to swell and cause more pain and discomfort to the injured area.

Phase Two — Regeneration
Regeneration begins several days after an initial injury. The tears in the tissues begin to accumulate small protein cells called collagen. These cells create glue that fills the gap in the tissues caused by the tear.

This laying down of the collagen glue during the regeneration phase will take six to eight weeks to complete. After this phase, no more glue will be laid down. The glue is what will become scar tissue. When the glue is making scar tissue in the injured area, it is being laid down in a weaker, more irregular pattern and not in the stronger, crisscross consistent pattern.

After all the glue is in place and the scar tissue has been formed, the healing process is still not yet complete.

Phase Three — Remodeling
The remodeling phase takes up to 12 months or longer. The irregular pattern of scar tissues will line up in the proper direction to create a better quality of healing. Remodeling is a motion-dependent phase that governs the quality of healing in the tissues.