Car accidents are a pain. Whether you are struck by someone else or you are at fault, recovering is never easy. Dealing with insurance and possible charges for the person at fault is frustrating enough. But things become even more complicated and difficult when you or someone you love is injured in the accident. Healing physical injuries is not something that happens overnight. It takes time and it is important to contact a healthcare specialist. This is not only important for insurance purposes, but it is also very important for your own healing and well-being. There are many different types of injuries that you can sustain during a car accident and some can even be life-threatening. Here are some examples of those injuries as well as treatment for them.

Cervical Spine Injuries

Your cervical spine consists of the top seven vertebrae. Basically, it is your neck. The most common injury during a car accident that affect your cervical spine is whiplash. This happens when your body is moving in one direction and it is forced to instantly stop, for example, during a head-on collision. It can also occur if you rapidly change directions, for example, if you are t-boned by another car when your car is already in motion. These injuries can be serious, causing migraines and headaches, making sleep difficult, and even ringing in your ears or blurred vision. These are just a few of the symptoms involved with these types of injuries.

If you are having these problems, contact your healthcare service provider immediately to seek treatment options. Some of these options may include regular visits to a chiropractor, wearing a neck brace, and in severe cases, surgical procedures to go in and repair the damage that was sustained.

Other injuries to the cervical spine and other parts of the spine include herniated discs, low or middle back pains, and even stiffness that can prevent you from being able to turn your neck or turn at the hips in a normal way. More severe back injuries include ruptured discs, broken spinal bones, and fluid buildup near the spinal cord. Make sure to see a doctor to get checked out to make sure you aren’t injuring yourself more by going untreated.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

These injuries range from mild concussions to severe and debilitating brain damage. Even if there aren’t visible symptoms like cuts and bruises on the skin, that doesn’t mean that damage hasn’t been done. You could have bleeding on the brain, swelling of the brain, and even bruising on the brain with no visible symptoms. It is very important for you to be checked out by a healthcare professional as soon as possible after you have been involved in a car accident.

Typically, people think of brain injuries as being caused by blunt force trauma like hitting your head on a windshield or other flying objects in the car. But this isn’t the only cause of traumatic brain injuries. Even if you don’t hit your head on something, you can still have brain injuries from being shaken during the impact of the accident. Often times, mild brain injuries like concussions can heal on their own. But you still need to be checked out by a doctor, so you can know the severity of the injuries that you may have sustained.

Treatments for these injuries can include things like bed rest, overnight observation at the hospital, and even surgery for more severe symptoms like brain bleeds and bad swelling. Talking to your healthcare professional to figure out what is necessary to avoid more severe and potentially life-threatening or long-lasting symptoms.

Injuries to Extremities

These include injuries to legs, arms, hands, and feet. The range of possible extremity injuries is vast. Cuts and bruises from glass and impact with objects in the car during the accident are the most common injuries. Making sure that these are stitched up and treated to avoid infections is very important to be treated.

Broken, fractured or dislocated bones, tears and other damages to muscle tissue, and internal bleeding are also common injuries to extremities during a car accident. Aside from stitches, soft and hard casts, surgery to repair damaged muscles and bones, and even chiropractics and acupuncture are used to help repair damage, treat injuries, and help your body to heal in a more timely and correct manner.

If you have broken bones, you may need to go through physical therapy to make sure that the bones and muscles heal properly. All these treatments can be provided by a trained healthcare professional.

Ready to See the Statistics?

In 2016, nearly 6.3 million accident reports were filed in the United States. That doesn’t include any accidents that weren’t reported so these numbers are most likely higher. In those reported accidents, 37,000 people died and over 2.4 million people reported injuries of some kind. Those are some pretty serious numbers when you do the math.

The causes of these accidents include everything from running a red light and speeding to driving under the influence or driving while fatigued and exhausted. Whatever the cause of an accident may be, it is rare for someone to walk away without any injuries. Bumps and bruises and cuts and scrapes tend to heal pretty easily with time. But these other common injuries that are listed above can be a lot more serious and are quite common.

It is much better to be safe than sorry. If the injuries are limiting you during normal activities, it is important to see a healthcare provider. Things like cut and scrapes can heal on their own with no medical intervention, but more serious injuries will need to be treated.

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