Muscle Tightness and Stiffness
Long-term muscle tightness and stiffness can prevent an individual from engaging in work and daily activities. Muscle pain, whether from a work-related injury or a non-work-related injury, can result in long periods of missed work and accompanying problems and costs.
If you were in an accident that has caused long-term muscle tightness and stiffness, we may be able to help you obtain compensation to pay for Las Vegas chiropractor services and other treatments. To find out if you qualify to seek compensation for your injury, contact the law firm of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith today.
How Does a Muscle Injury Occur?
In a muscle injury, some or all of the muscle’s fibers are torn. The tearing of the muscle can also damage small blood vessels, causing pain (by irritating the nerve endings in the area) and local bleeding (which leads to bruising). The tendons attached to the muscle may also be damaged.
A severe muscle injury may occur from a sudden event, such as in an accident involving:
- vehicles (cars, train, boat)
- a fall from a height or on a slippery surface
- sports and recreational activities
- work duties
However, significant muscle tightness and stiffness can also be the result of long-term or simply repetitive movements, often on the job. In fact, muscle pain is a common work-related injury.
Muscle Injury Pain and Other Symptoms
Pain is just one of the symptoms of a muscle injury. When an individual experiences a serious accident (such as those listed above) and is suffering from severe muscle pain, it’s possible that he or she may also have incurred broken or fractured bones, organ damage and nerve damage.
Other symptoms of muscle injury include:
- pain when the specific muscle (and/or a joint involved with the muscle) is used
- swelling, bruising or redness as consequences of the muscle injury
- weakness of the muscle or tendons attached to the muscle
- inability to use the muscle(s) at all
- a “popping” sound with the injury
Diagnosis and Treatment
The diagnosis of a muscle injury is usually accomplished with a physical exam. X-rays and other imaging modalities are normally not helpful or used for muscle injuries. However, they may be used for the bone and/or nerve injuries that often accompany muscle injuries.
Compensation May Be Available for Muscle Injury
The personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Bertoldo, Baker, Carter & Smith stand ready to help individuals who have experienced severe muscle injuries. Often times, people don’t realize they are entitled to financial compensation that can help them pay for necessary treatments.