26 Apr Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents account for many injuries each year. It is reported that 20-50 million people are injured around the world due to car accidents each year.
The damage caused by these accidents is great and can have long term effects on a body. Regardless of the severity (or lack there of) of your injury, it is imperative that you see a provider after an accident, such as a doctor at Utah Pain Relief.
If an injury is not properly addressed and treated, the injury may not could worsen as time passes, even if it doesn’t seem “serious.” Although, each crash and injury differs, there are some common injuries that happen because of car crashes.
As you can imagine, head injuries can be extremely serious. Those involved in a high speed accident are likely to hit their head on a steering wheel, window, seat, or dashboard. This can lead to traumatic brain injuries, whether it be a mild concussion or a chronic cognitive issue. When these injuries happen, extensive and long term medical treatment are likely required. Injuries to the head can also include fractures and vision or hearing loss.
Backs are often injured in car accidents. This is alarming, because any damage involving the spinal cord can cause nerve damage. People involved in a car crash that hurt their backs may experience reduced feeling or numbness/tingling in their hands, arms, feet, legs, and other parts of their body. More seriously, damage of the spinal cord can lead to permanent paralysis. Another injury to the back may be a herniated disk. Of course this is less serious than a head or spinal cord injury, but it can still cause chronic issues and discomfort.
Because of the blunt force of a crash, trauma to ribs and lungs is common. Those involved in a crash may experience damage to their shoulders, sternum, and/or collar bones. Damage to internal organs, abdomen, and pelvis can also occur. These are among the injuries that require immediate medical attention and care.
One of the most common injuries caused by an automobile accident is whiplash. When you’re in a vehicle that has been rear-ended or t-boned, sudden movement of the head and neck occurs, potentially causing serious neck ligament and muscle injuries. Depending on the accident and the condition and health of the person involved in the crash, whiplash injuries vary from person to person. Another common neck injury is general pain around the neck area and swelling. Stiffness and soreness are to be expected.
Leg, foot, arm, hand, or mental injuries caused by car accidents are common, too. These can include bone or ligament damage that require continued medical care, attention, and therapy.
Many of these injuries can be treated and relieved by visiting a knowledgeable and caring chiropractor, such as Dr. Finlinson or Dr. Templeton at Utah Pain Relief. They are experts at helping you recover quickly and completely. Check with your auto insurance to see coverage, often times it’s covered 100%!