I am Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, Michael Ehline. I am an expert in muscle injuries and the law when such an injury occurs due to the negligence of another party. I spent a significant amount of time to create this article on your behalf.
My law group helps people sue over muscle injuries. Below, I am going to discuss sports injuries and other muscle injury claims, as well as everyday accident-related injuries including contusion injury and overuse injuries. Keep reading to understand muscle injuries and catastrophic harm.
We, humans, come equipped with 3 types of muscle in our body:
Your skeletal muscles, muscle structure, and related muscle contraction make fighting, flight, and everything you do easier or harder based on their physical condition and ability to transmit nerve impulses to and from your brain.
The severity of a re-injury or new injury depends on the individual muscle affected and the degree of strain or tearing being treated.
Any muscle strain or muscle injury can range in severity from minor to very serious depending on your clinical findings.
Current knowledge and current trends suggest a combination of medical treatment, exercises, and prevention improves most conditions, including stiffness.
Dehydration and heat stroke are associated with the development of moderate to significant muscle-related types of sports injury.
The causes for damage-causing most muscle injuries can vary, including football and trauma incidents being among the most common (Soccer, hockey, basketball, or professional football players in the NFL, suffering a sprain of a stretched calf, ankle, or significant traumatic hamstring muscle injuries, torn pelvis, hip laceration, or foot injuries for example).
During activities that demand hefty actions, such as a sprint or a racquetball change of direction, the force across the musculotendinous unit (the connected muscle and tendon) can be quite high that tissues tear either partially or completely.
These problems are most often caused by stretch overloading the muscle; that is when it is contracting while it pushes off with reduced capacity.
After careful clinical examination and initial treatment, muscle strain injuries, and bruises, ER patients may be disappointed. The doctor may explain that certain parts (quadriceps / thigh, elbow, knees, torn shoulder muscle, hamstrings aka leg biceps) are unable to, or may take time to fully heal from the stress.
Your doctor may identify the loss of mobility at the lower back location as a reason for making you prone to develop a significant gait. If you are heavier in weight, you’ll need to stay off the affected joints, bones, and tendons if you wish to obtain full activity.
All this will depend on how much damage occurs in the damaged or strained muscle fibers and skeletal muscle areas for your type of injury. For elite athletes, this can mean taking time away from training, injecting stem cells, and playing to fully repair and recover from chronic, acute, or serious pain and injuries. [even internal bleeding]
But for some victims, a muscle injury may mean time off work if the muscle tears and skeletal muscle injuries are more severe, or functional muscle imbalance and fatigue occur.
In these cases, surgical intervention may never result in a successful surgical repair for acute injuries.
In the end, I will include some bonus information about receiving maximum compensation for a pulled muscle, or muscle tear, all the way to a detached or destroyed muscle belly caused by another person’s negligence.
Let’s look at the evidence as to the main muscle injuries, treatment options, and legal implications if any.
Before diving deep into the topic of muscle injuries and whether it is possible to take legal action for any bodily damage and pain, it’s best to answer this basic question first.
In regard to causes, there are a number of different causes of these types of injuries, and we discuss each of these here.
In normal muscle operation, there are various forms of muscle contraction, which include isometric, isotonic, concentric, and eccentric contraction of the muscle. A strain is a contraction-induced injury, but we go into more detail about this in the next section.
Some of the most common occurrences of this type of damage causing muscle injuries are in muscles that occur at the crossing of two joints. As far as the cause, sprinting is a major one, and during this fast and explosive movement, there is a greater risk of a strain on the muscle, which can lead to a lot of pain.
Athletes are among the most frequent sufferers of muscle injuries because of the intensity and speed with which they move their bodies during contact sports, in particular.
It is very common to hear that a runner of a football player is out because of some damage to their muscle. The risk of an injury to the muscle is also higher when an athlete switches up their exercise plan and goes into more intense training.
Let’s start with muscle strain: this happens when there is a tear in the muscle fibers, which can either be partial or complete. A strain or tear might occur before a major game or in preparation for the upcoming sporting season.
Young athletes in particular are frequently suffering from recreational sports-related muscle injury coupled with scar tissue build up. These players also experience a high risk of damage to the injured muscle as their tendons and joints are often still developing physically.
But they may foolishly try to push themselves to the same level of physical activity as professional athletes, sometimes worsening a partial tear. These victims may foolishly think isometric exercises and a few weeks off will be enough to return to normal strength after suffering hamstring injuries.
The sad truth, is, if they play sports again, this won’t be their weakest point! Lower limbs in particular will need medical care and possibly magnetic resonance imaging photos before these or other sports can be played with confidence.
The are three main places where muscle strains can occur, and they may happen within the muscle, where the tendon attaches to the bone, or more commonly, where the muscle and tendon meet and form a junction.
Not all muscle injuries are the same, and there are three grades of injury to the muscle that we might encounter after getting hurt. Having these distinct categories helps to differentiate according to the severity and the requirements for treating the condition.
To assess the severity of a muscle strain and any related damage, medical professionals look at what the person has lost in terms of their range of motion and their strength.
The grading and assessment of the muscle strain can also give us a rough idea of how long the recovery period might be. The more severe the tissue damage, the longer the person is going to need to finish the full healing process, and in the case of athletes, this can affect their ability to get back in the game and the season.
There are three categories (grades) of sprains and muscle strains. And you can learn more about each of them below. The best way to determine the exact extent and severity of the injury to the hamstring, muscle soft tissue, and connective tissue around the muscles is through a clinical examination by a medical professional.
All of these levels of damage due to some form of trauma come with a certain level of pain.
When the individual muscle fibers experience mild damage, this is a Grade 1 level. The damage must only be in less than 5% of the muscle fibers, and the result of this level of damage is a loss in strength and motion for the patient, but this is only minimal. The pain on this level is acute but gets more intense when more serious injuries occur.
This is the next level of muscle tissue case. In this case, there is more extensive damage, which affects more of the individual muscle fibers, and when this happens, the muscle does not experience a full rupture.
The result of a Grade 2 level to the muscles is a greater level of loss of strength and motion compared with the first level. As far as recovery time, it can take the person about two to three months to finish their healing and be ready to get back into rigorous sport and exercise. Stretching and Vitamin E supplementation can also break up scar tissue.
The last and most severe remain in the Grade 3 category. In this case, the muscle of the tendon experiences a complete rupture. This occurs because of a greater level of trauma to the person’s system being present possibly causing a visible defect in the tendon or muscle, often seen with these injuries. Additionally, swelling remains common, making the injured area less visible.
These types of severe injuries may call for surgery to repair and treat the condition when severe damages occur. During the procedure, the professional can reattach the muscle and tendon that have experienced serious damage. But you must keep in mind that scar tissue can form and affect a high degree or full range of movement.
All injuries can be characterized as coming with bruising and loss of balance. So be careful as you learn more about the difference between irritation and permanent injury.
Be responsible. Do your research. The absence of pain doesn’t mean you won’t suffer infections or a decrease in performance movements. Getting a diagnosis helps you understand available treatments better.
Once an accident or other incident occurs, it is important to seek clinical care and attention quickly. There may be acute or severe pain when there has been a minor or full tear in the soft tissue of the muscle. A physician can provide the patient with a full diagnosis to see the full extent of the damage, determine the affected muscle, and establish the impact on muscle function.
Muscle pains, weakness, discolored skin, and dark urine are some of the symptoms of rhabdomyolysis. Rhabdomyolysis can be caused by either traumatic or non-traumatic factors. Traumatic rhabdomyolysis is caused by injuries including crush injuries, automobile accidents, or a long period of time lying flat on a hard surface.
The physician completes a physical examination and also takes into consideration the patient’s history. If the person has previous hamstring or lower extremity injuries, including any other skeletal muscle injury in the past, this can affect the present case. Hence, doctors may alter the preferred treatment methods.
Most athletes visit sports medicine experts who can guide them through the treatment process and rehabilitation to help get them back on the field and in training in the shortest time possible.
During the physical exam, the physicians typically refer to an X-ray to see whether dislocation or a fracture has occurred or not. For injuries that are purely muscle-related. The most common method of detection is an MRI. An MRI is a medical instrument that shows if there is a complete muscle or tendon rupture or not.
Some severe injuries result in a hematoma, which is a collection of blood, and MRI imaging can also show if this is the case. Once you know how deep the tears are to your soft tissue and any impact on your skeletal muscle areas, you can take the necessary cause of action to recover your range of motion and come back from the temporary loss of strength.
As we await future studies, we already touched on some of the options for treating the muscle tissue.
Anyone with an injured grade i, grade ii, or grade iii muscle injury can use these treatment methods today. The choice of treatment method all depends on how serious the pulled muscle case is, and when muscle strains are not severe. Even for certain partial or complete tear conditions, including soft tissue injuries, nonsurgical methods are available.
With severely damaged muscle “fibres,” muscle soreness, muscle pain, and muscle weakness may mandate surgery as the only alternative to repair the muscle trauma. Muscle healing is based upon good sports med therapy and healthy nutrition and case reports based upon clinical studies.
As the destruction phase comes to an end, two simultaneous processes begin myofibril regeneration and connective scar tissue development. All this can help aid in muscle regeneration. Even then, anti-inflammatory medication and heavy narcotics may be prescribed for life for a badly torn muscle or muscle contusion.
Stem Cells have been found helpful, with myogenic cells in vivo and in vitro helping enhance complete functional muscle injury recovery. Associated therapeutic growth factors (NGF) helping the regenerative process. (Also used to promote repair of peripheral and central nervous system injuries. (See e.g., 39 A. J. Windebank and J. F. Poduslo, “Neuronal growth factors produced by adult peripheral nerve after injury,” Brain Research , vol. 385, no. 1, pp. 197–200, 1986).
NGF may also aid muscle regeneration during the reinnervation stages (See e.g., 40 H. Matsuda, H. Koyama, H. Sato et al., infra.).
Commonly referred to as the PRICE principle, this remains a traditional method for rapidly treating injuries to soft tissue and skeletal muscles during athletic activity and medical attention at car accident scenes with bruise symptoms. (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation).
This helps the blood vessels and circulatory system stabilize extracellular matrix, etc. From navigating your muscle injuries to settlement, we can help muscle injury victims.
Not all muscle injuries will require surgery. Here are some conservative treatment methods for injured skeletal muscle, thew, sinew, and tendon tissues:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Ibuprofen is an example of a drug in this category. Athletes using anabolic steroids, such as Anavar, may experience faster healing times and better regeneration over a short period, getting to a final phase full recovery faster!
If the clinical professional determines that there is a complete tear, then they can refer the patient to receive surgery. Platelet-rich plasma injections are also another option. After treating the muscle, the scar tissue remodels but the muscle tissue does not fully get back to its previous state.
Did you suffer a direct blow to your muscles and joints with no functional recovery after appropriate treatment? If you suffered muscle strains or injuries from any number of causes, including personal injury, motor vehicle accident, sport or football tendon injury, or employment-related incident call us.
You might want to talk to a spinal cord injury lawyer about risk factors. For example, anti-inflammatory medications or an inflammatory reaction to a blunt object strike can hinder the repair process. Despite early mobilization for complete tears, these are tricky medical conditions.
Great lawyers help work through the specifics of your case and see if you can receive a settlement for your injuries. It can challenging to figure this out by yourself. You’ll likely face acute or severe pain, treatment, and a complete or partial loss of function at or near the injury site.
If you or a loved one is suffering from muscle strains or injuries, partial or complete loss of functional control or range of motion, and any other damage that is related to your muscles, we understand that this can be a difficult period. If you are an athlete or work in another profession, you may need to take time off work to repair your muscles.
You’ll likely need to visit a sports medicine professional for physical therapy sessions. When an injury occurs, you must get back in good shape. For more severe injuries, persistent pain, and necrosis, you may require surgical repair.
Your clin sports med expert will know the answers. Even for severe sprains, if you think your injuries call for help beyond therapies and medicine, consider our legal services.
You don’t have to go to Harvard medical school to understand health news about blunt object strikes and strains to muscles. More than half of our muscle injury claims involve acute muscle tears and injuries to the rectus femoris, semitendinosus, and gastrocnemius muscles.
We know what to do to win. At the end of the day, you can fight inflammation (including a tendon sheath signs, symptoms) with nutrition and fad diets for weight loss. But you’ll need money to cover everything, right? Why not hold the wrongdoer accountable?
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