5 Hidden Injuries to Watch Out for After a Car Accident

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The Association for Safe International Road Travel states that each year, nearly 2.35 million people get injured or disabled in car accidents.

 

If you have recently been involved in a car accident and believe you have come out unscathed, think again. There are some injuries that can be latent (hidden from the naked eye), making it seem that you are uninjured after the accident.

 

Here are five injuries that may occur as a result of car accidents:

 

  1. Cervical Strain (Whiplash)/Herniated Disc

One of the most common injuries reported in rear-end collisions is a cervical strain (whiplash injury). A cervical strain occurs when the neck and/or head of the driver or passenger is suddenly forced backward and then forwards, which puts the cervical spine through extreme flexion and extension, resulting many times in significant soft tissue injuries. In some cases, whiplash symptoms, may not manifest until a few days after the accident. Most people assume that a whiplash injury is minor and can be ignored, but contrary to popular opinion a whiplash injury can be extremely painful and debilitating.

 

When you are in an accident, the impact of the collision can be so severe that the tissue present between the vertebrae can rupture or bulge, leading to what is known as a herniated disc. In this condition, the disc may exert pressure on the surrounding nerves, causing excruciating pain and inflammation.  A herniated disc can also cause numbness or pain in your arms and/or legs. It may even result in muscle weakness in certain cases. While the symptoms of a herniated disc can appear right after the accident, some patients’ symptoms may be delayed. This injury may require surgery, and at times can lead to long-term disability.

 

  1. Traumatic Brain Injuries

You can sustain a concussion by hitting your head on the steering wheel or window, or without hitting any surface at all. The violent movement of the head and neck following a collision may result in a concussion. When this occurs, patients may experience a multitude of symptoms including headaches, confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, double or blurred vision, balance problems, nausea and vomiting as well as sensitivity to noise and light.  A mild contusion often requires rest and avoidance of strenuous activities. However, more serious concussions may warrant hospitalization.

If you suffer any of the symptoms above after a car accident, come see us at Chambers Medical Group. Our car accident doctors have years of experience dealing with these types of injuries

 

  1. Knee Injuries

Since drivers are thrown about during a car accident, injuries to the knee are one of the most common kinds of injuries that can occur. During the crash, your knees may run rather forcibly into your car’s dashboard.  This impact can cause injuries by breaking, stretching, and twisting the cartilage and ligaments of the knee. If you experience knee pain following your accident, have one of the car accident doctors at Chambers Medical Group evaluate your knee and perform a thorough physical exam followed by the appropriate tests, which may include x-rays and or MRIs.

 

  1. Shoulder Injuries

Sustaining a shoulder injury is quite common after a traumatic accident, such as a slip and fall, car crash or even a work accident. The shoulder is primarily a ball and socket joint that consists of 3 main bones – the clavicle or collar bone, the scapula, or shoulder blade, and the arm bone which is known as the humerus. These three bones are joined together by ligaments, muscles, tendons, and a joint capsule that allow the arm to function. The shoulder joint is said to have the greatest range of motion when compared to any other joint in the body.

 

A shoulder injury may disrupt sleep and impede activities of daily living.  In many cases, shoulder pain due to a car accident can worsen due to physical exertion. Many people complain of shoulder pain immediately or soon after a car accident. Shoulder injuries tend to get worse with time, and if you don’t have it evaluated the injury may become chronic.  It is very important to address even a mild pain that occurs as a result of a car accident to ensure timely medical intervention. Recovery time could be prolonged and expensive without a proper and timely diagnosis coupled with appropriate treatment.

 

  1. Psychological Injuries

A car accident victim may experience a range of worrisome thoughts and emotions that could last even after the car has been repaired, and the physical wounds have healed. It is not uncommon for crash survivors to be emotionally traumatized by the accident. Many survivors report suffering from stress, insomnia, nightmares, and even bouts of depression.

Many victims also report phobias such as being unable to drive their cars.  If left untreated, this phobia may worsen and in extreme cases render the patient housebound. Some patients may also develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a car crash.  A proper diagnosis is essential to ensure the proper treatment and well- being of the patient.

These are a few of the many injuries that one can sustain as a result of a car accident. It is important to watch out for any of the symptoms we have noted and visit a physician promptly if needed. If you experience any pain or discomfort as a result of your car accident please schedule an appointment at Chambers Medical Group and see one of our experienced car accident chiropractors or physicians. You may call 1-888-6 BackMan to schedule an appointment or contact us online.

 

Chambers Medical group has car accident treatment clinics in the following locations:

 

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