Automobile accidents can cause a number of injuries that are painful and make your life more challenging. Take a look below at some of the most common injuries that occur during automobile accidents.
Five common car accident injuries
- Whiplash — Whiplash is first on the list because it is one of the most common injuries that people experience after an auto accident. It’s common because of the impact involved in auto accidents. Impacts cause the head to rapidly jerk forward and backward. This causes the muscles and other tissues in your neck to stretch or tear, which is known as whiplash. Whiplash is a painful condition that results in the stiffness of the neck and can potentially cause headaches. Often, whiplash is treatable with chiropractic care but, in extreme cases, surgical intervention may be necessary.
- Concussions — Concussions are head injuries that occur when the brain collides against the inside of your skull. These are common in auto accidents due to direct impacts or a severe jerking of the head.
Concussions are usually not life-threatening, but they are painful and they cause confusion, dizziness, imbalance and other challenging issues while recovering.
- Herniated discs — Auto accidents can impact the spine and cause herniated discs. A herniated disc is a disc in between your vertebrae that has burst. The fluid that is usually contained in this disc puts pressure on the nerves in your spine, which is painful and limits your range of motion.
- Fractures — Direct impacts in an automobile accident can cause one or more of your bones to break. Often, surgery is required to treat fractures.
- Sprains and strains — Auto accidents frequently cause sprains and strains, which are stretches and tears to your muscles, ligaments and tendons. Sprains and strains vary in severity. In some cases, all you need is a little rest and physical rehabilitation. In more serious cases, you may need surgery for treatment.
Visit the Florida Spine and Joint Institute for auto accident injury treatment
If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, you should visit a doctor for an examination as soon as possible. The symptoms for some of these injuries can take days to develop, by which point, it may be more challenging to treat your injury. Contact our team today for more information about auto accident injury treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.