Car accidents can cause numerous personal injuries that should be considered serious.
In Raleigh, NC, I have seen car accident injuries can cause expensive medical bills, missed time from work, injuries that last for years, time in the hospital, and even surgeries.
But, what are the most common injuries one experiences after a car accident? From my experience as a chiropractor and car accident doctor in Raleigh, NC, this is what I have found:
Most common car accident injury #1: Whiplash
The neck and head are very exposed in a car accident. During the force of an impact the head and neck are whipped forwards and backwards like a whip causing hyperflexion and hyperextension injuries to the ligaments and muscles in the neck.
Symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, tingling in the arms, and muscle spasms in the neck and upper back. For more on whiplash please download a free copy of my Ebook understanding whiplash .
Expert Tips from a car accident doctor in Raleigh, NC:
Make sure your headrest is even with the back of your head in your vehicle. Improper placement of a headrest can lead to greater bodily injury.
Use ice heavily on your neck the first 72 hours. Ice decreases the inflammation and increases healing times. Seek treatments like chiropractic and physical therapy immediately. The mobilization of neck joints and strengthening of the muscles in the neck decreases pain and increase healing times and long-term outcomes.
Most common car accident injury #2: Headaches
Headaches are common injuries experience after a car accident. Headaches typically result from trauma to the head and neck during a car accident. There are several different types of headaches we see as practitioners after a car accident.
Post traumatic headaches- this type of headache is caused by injury and trauma to the head and neck usually from whiplash to the neck joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. The pain can be described as throbbing, deep, constant and sometimes does not appear for several days or even weeks after the car accident.
Headaches as the result of a concussion- Headaches after an accident can occur after a concussion. The jarring of the brain can cause an inflammatory process in the head which causes headaches. There may be may be a loss of consciousness with the concussion or not. Symptoms of a post concussive headache including loss of memory, dizziness, anxiety, speech disturbance, headaches, balance problems, ringing in the ears, depression, anxiety and confusion.
Expert tips from a car accident doctor in Raleigh, NC: If you’ve experienced a concussion and headaches after a car accident make sure to seek immediate medical attention. See a Neurologist or Neuropsychologist immediately.
Most common car accident injury #3: Back injuries
Mid and low back injuries are very common after a car accident. Injuries to the mid and lower back can cause muscle spasms and contractions which may last for several months after a car accident. The sprain and strain muscles and ligaments can overstretch around the vertebrae in the back. This can create instability of the vertebrae for quite some time after the accident. Some may have pre-existing spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, bulging discs, or arthritis which will become aggravated by an acute injury such as car accident.
Expert tips from a car accident doctor in Raleigh, NC: If you’ve injured your back after a car accident use ice for 72 hours on and off for 15 minutes at a time. Rest your back if you use if you have a job that requires physical activity. Consider taking a few days off work to rest your back. Seek chiropractic care and physical therapy immediately to bring down your back pain increase your strength and mobility in your back.
Most common car accident injury #4: Herniated discs
Herniated discs happen from the powerful and fast impacts that happen after a car accident. The gravitational forces generated during an accident travel through the spine which causes the spinal disc to rupture, tear or herniation. Symptoms of a herniated disc can include shooting sharp pain into the arms or legs, numbness into the arms or legs, pain radiating from the neck or lower back into the arms or legs, sharp burning pain in the neck or back, muscle spasms and headaches. Herniated discs can take six months to a year to fully heal and in severe cases may require surgical intervention.
Expert tips from a car accident doctor in Raleigh, NC: If you think you have signs and symptoms of a herniated disc after a car accident seek immediate medical attention. MRIs are the best imaging tools to diagnose a herniated disc in your spine. Ask your healthcare provider advice on getting an MRI to document a herniated disc after a car accident.
Most common car accident injury #5 Shoulder and knee injuries
Shoulder and knee injuries can happen in an instant during a car accident. The arms are restrained by the , holding onto a steering wheel, thrown into an adjacent doors or front consoles. If you’re experiencing unresolved shoulder pain after a car accident, weakness or inability to raise your arms you may have experienced a significant shoulder injury. It’s not uncommon to tear ligaments of the rotator cuff or labrum after a car accident.
Injuries to the knee can occur when the feet are plantar down hard on the floor of the car during a car accident or when the knee strikes the front console of the car. Keep an eye out for swelling, bruising, pain when walking, weakness and instability in the legs after a car accident as this may be a sign of a more serious injury to the knee.
Expert tips from a car accident doctor in Raleigh, NC: seek immediate medical attention if you’ve experienced an injury to your knees or shoulders after a car accident. Swelling, weakness, pain, instability in the knees and shoulders can be a sign of a more serious knee or shoulder injury.
X-rays and CT scans may show fractures, dislocations, bony pathologies in the shoulders and knees not ligament injuries. Talk with your medical providers about obtaining an MRI of the shoulder is or knee to determine if you may have experienced a torn or ruptured ligament or labrum.
In summary, car accident injuries can cause bodily injuries which can take months to even years to fully resolve. Working with medical providers experienced in treating these injuries is an important part of one’s optimal treatment and recovery.
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