What are common car accident injuries?
If you’ve been in a car accident, whether it was a serious collision or a minor fender bender, the impact of one vehicle colliding with another can cause a variety of injuries. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained during car accidents. Whiplash usually occurs when you’re in a rear-end collision.
The force of the impact forces your head to jerk forward and back suddenly and sharply, which can damage the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues in your neck. Head injuries, including concussions, are also common car accident injuries. If your head collides with anything, the trauma forces your brain to move back and forth rapidly within your skull, which can damage your brain cells.
The impact of an auto collision can also damage your spine, including your neck and back, the muscles and soft tissues of your back, and other joints such as your shoulders and knees, which could smash into a door or the dashboard of your vehicle.
What are the signs of a car accident injury?
Pain is the most obvious sign of an injury. However, you may also have stiffness, swelling, or bruising, or find that you have a reduced range of motion. Whiplash, for example, can reduce your ability to turn your head without pain.
You might also feel disoriented or have some confusion or memory issues following an accident.
When should I see a doctor about a car accident injury?
You should seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you don’t have any pain or other symptoms. You may experience a surge of adrenaline during your collision that could prevent you from feeling pain for hours or even days after your accident. You have 14 days to seek medical attention. Failing to see a doctor within the required window of time could affect your legal rights to compensation.
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Dr. Amber Williams has extensive training in chiropractic methods to help patients in Miami, FL and nearby communities regain physical function and get back to the activities they love. We offer care for many musculoskeletal issues, including back pain, disc disorders, neck pain, sciatica, sports injuries, and auto accident injuries. Call Upright Spine Center today at 305-964-7413 for an appointment to learn about the techniques that can help you get back upright.