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A soft tissue injury is one involving injury to the ligaments, tendons and fibers of the body that connect the skeletal bones. Ligaments are the bands of tissues that hold bones together, and tendons are cords of tissues attaching muscle to bones.
Soft tissue injuries, such as lower back pain from an auto accident, are difficult to prove because there is no absolute way to document the presence of pain or suffering in some soft tissue cases. Proof of a soft tissue injury is typically established through medical records documenting results of medical examinations and the injured's complaints of pain and expert testimony.