There is a myriad of injuries that can occur from a car accident. While it’s always preferable to walk away unscathed, but unfortunately, most of the time we are not so lucky.
Below we will discuss some of the most common injuries that occur as a result of a car accident. Injuries will affect everyone differently, and you may have more than one type of injury. Some injuries may continue to affect you for years to come without proper care. This is why it is so important to get the treatment you need to overcome both short and long-term physical effects.
Whiplash is a very common injury resulting from a car accident. Even a relatively common accident such as being rear-ended can give you whiplash.
Whiplash is when your body’s muscles, ligaments, and tendons get strained due to a sudden jolt of movement, which is exactly what happens when you’re involved in an accident.
You want to watch for these signs of whiplash:
- Loss of range of movement
- Increased pain with movement
- Neck stiffness or pain
- Dizziness or vertigo
Even though no bones are broken, whiplash can be very painful, and recovery might take longer than expected. Depending on the extent of your injury, and the type of care you need, recovery could take several weeks to several months for a full recovery.
Treatment options for whiplash include chiropractic care and adjustments, massage therapy, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant drugs, and physical exercise.
A concussion can be hard to diagnose yet is very common and dangerous. Your head doesn’t have to actually hit anything in order to be affected by a concussion. A concussion can result from your head just being thrown back and forth, similar to whiplash.
If you have a concussion, you may see signs such as:
- Ringing in the ear
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Head pressure
- Dizziness, or “seeing stars”
- Disorientation, or amnesia
- Light sensitivity
Unlike some other injuries, it could take several hours or even days for concussion symptoms to show up. For this reason, many doctors will keep patients overnight in order to assess the concussion, waking you up fairly often to ensure that you can wake up normally without issue.
For concussions, treatment mostly includes lots of rest, both physical and mental. Avoid any unnecessary physical assertion, and limit activities that require a lot of mental concentration.
A herniated disc is when one or more vertebrae in your spine ruptures or splits, knocking it out of place. If left untreated, it can be very serious and can cause permanent nerve damage. It’s rare, but in some cases of nerve damage, you can lose control of some lower body functions such as bladder and bowel control.
Some signs that you may have a herniated disc are:
- Numbness, tingling, or burning in the legs or lower body, feet, or hands
- Stiff neck
- Muscle weakness or spasms
- Pain in the back, legs, arms or feet
There are several treatment options. Similar to whiplash, one of the best and most effective options is chiropractic therapy, but there are other things you can add into your treatment such as anti-inflammatory medicines, heating pads and physical exercise.
These are just some of the most common injuries that result from car accidents. There are so many more out there that can affect you. As always, contact us for an appointment and we will discuss your treatment options. We can work together to heal your body as quickly and effectively as possible.