Going over common car accident injuries
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Going over common car accident injuries

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | motor vehicle accidents

Car accidents can result in various injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Understanding the common types of car accident injuries and their treatments can help you recognize and address them promptly.

It is important to understand some of the most common car accident injuries and the treatments available.

Whiplash and fractures

Whiplash is a common injury that occurs when the head is forcefully jerked back and forth, straining the neck muscles and ligaments. Symptoms include neck pain, stiffness, headaches and dizziness. Treatment usually involves pain management through over-the-counter medication, applying ice or heat and physical therapy exercises to strengthen the neck muscles.

Fractures, or broken bones, can occur in various parts of the body during car accidents. The most common fractures are in the arms, legs, ribs and collarbone. Treatment involves immobilizing the affected area with a cast or brace, pain management and physical therapy to regain strength and mobility.

Head and back injuries

Head injuries range from concussions to more severe traumatic brain injuries. Symptoms can include confusion, loss of consciousness, headaches and memory problems. Treatment depends on the severity of the injury, ranging from rest and observation for mild concussions to surgery and rehabilitation for severe injuries. Car accidents can also cause back injuries such as strains, sprains, herniated discs and spinal fractures. Treatment options include rest, physical therapy, pain medication and in severe cases, surgery.

Car accidents can lead to devastating injuries, from whiplash to fractures and head injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that throughout 2020, more than 2.1 million people visited emergency departments due to traffic crash injuries. Seeking prompt medical attention and following the recommended treatment plan can aid in the recovery process and prevent long-term complications.