Common Car Accident Injuries
Common Car Accident Injuries
If you have ever been involved in a car accident of any kind, minor or major, you know firsthand how much of a shock to the system it can be.
Regardless of if you sustained any injuries, you are often left thinking about the accident over and over again.
What if I did this, what if I did that..
If you are ever in an accident on the road, regardless if it was a major or minor, it is important for you to reach out to your GP for a check up. We are often left with pains in different parts of the body which we do not realise have been caused due to the moto vehicle accident.
Most importantly, any medical treatment and rehabilitation costs are covered by the car at fault’s CTP insurance.
Common types of injuries that can occur in a car accident
Whiplash is the most common injury from any accident and can happen in minor or serious accidents.
Whiplash often occurs in rear-end collisions where the impact is unexpected.
When another vehicle hits you, your head suddenly and unexpectedly moves backward from the force of the impact.
The sudden forwards and backwards movement causes strain on the muscles and tendons of the upper back and neck.
You may experience neck pain, blurred vision, tingling, headache, or generalised pain in your back or neck area after an accident.
Case Study: Fractures
Not all fractures are as obvious as you think.
We recently looked after a patient who was T-boned while driving his car and was hit by a car who failed to stop at a red light.
This patient saw his GP and reported general neck pain and discomfort in other parts of the body.
Rest and pain killers were prescribed to ease the symptoms as the patient presented with no major symptoms.
A precautionary x-ray was also done.
The x-ray results revealed multiple (stable) Cervical fractures
The patient was immediately rushed to a hospital where he was seen by a Neuro specialist
As the fractures were stable, a neck brace was given go further protect the area.
And there you have it. The importance of seeing a GP as soon as possible after a motor vehicle accident.
Other Neck Injuries
While whiplash is probably the most common neck area injury, there are other problems that can occur after a blunt-force impact. If you notice tensing or discomfort in the muscles around your neck in the days following your crash (muscle spasm), it is important to have a doctor examine you immediately. The force of an accident can affect the underlying bone structure without there necessarily being a fracture. X-rays, CT and MRI scans are often used by medical experts to diagnose such injuries.
Back & Spine Injuries
More work days are lost through spinal injuries than just about any other type of injury and car accidents account for as many as half of them each year. They can cause long-term problems with breathing, mobility, and overall health, so get checked out if you suspect that you may have any spine or back-related injuries from your car crash. Early treatment ensures the best prospect of recovery.
This is an aspect of a spinal injury. The spine has 24 “discs” that work to absorb shock and provide a cushion between the vertebrae. An accident can cause these discs to shift or bulge outward, which can cause severe pain and lead to serious complications
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