Auto Accident Injuries
Being in an auto accident can be one of the most terrifying of life’s experiences – life can literally change in an instant. They’re also a leading cause of injuries in Michigan, and the damage they can leave behind, both their physical and financial toll, can be immense. While car accident injuries differ from crash to crash, and from person to person, there are some common ones, along with treatment options.
What are Auto Accident Injuries?
Head and back injuries rate as some of the most serious injuries you can sustain in a car accident. Drivers and passengers involved in high-speed collisions can hit their heads on the dashboard, windshield or steering wheel, potentially causing traumatic brain injuries, ranging to a mild concussion to permanent cognitive impairment.
Back injuries are common, including herniated discs and damage to the spinal cord, which can cause permanent nerve damage.
Neck injuries, such as whiplash, are common, as are injuries to the extremities – the legs, hands and feet.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can also accompany a serious auto accident.
The Causes of Auto Accident Injuries
Car accidents generate a lot of force. Whiplash, for instance, happens because of the sudden movement of the head and neck, often from being rear-ended. It can cause serious damage to neck ligaments and muscle.
The crushing action of any sort of blunt-force trauma can cause broken ribs and collapsed lungs, internal bleeding, or damage to the organs, pelvis, and abdomen.
Symptoms of Auto Accident Injuries
Soft-tissue injuries – to the muscles, tendons and ligaments – typically result in pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. Often the symptoms don’t appear immediately.
A back injury is usually characterized by a numb or tingling sensation, muscle weakness and leg or arm pain.
A concussion or other brain injury is often accompanied by symptoms such as clouded thinking, headache, blurry vision, dizziness, nausea, abnormal sleeping, or lack of energy.
The Treatment of Auto Accident Injuries
Many auto accident injuries, including neck and back injuries, whiplash and softtissue pain and injuries, can be treated by chiropractors. Often, accident victims are suffering from muscle pain and stiffness, headaches, shoulder pain, dizziness, reduced range of motion, or general discomfort.
Chiropractor treatment reduces inflammation, restores range of motion, reduces scar tissue, relieves localized and widespread pain, and relieves stress, which is important after the physical and emotional trauma of an accident.
Individuals often believe they haven’t been injured in an accident, but even less serious injuries, if left untreated, can later develop into other more serious health issues.
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