Auto Accident Recovery
Symptoms of auto accident injuries vary greatly from person to person. You may develop symptoms right away, or you may not experience any symptoms at all. Even if you “feel fine,” you should see a personal Injury doctor as soon as possible. It’s easy to think everything is okay when it very well could not be. Even in low-impact accidents, disc damage can occur. If you wait too long to receive treatment, then you may end up paying for your recovery out of pocket, and your injury may get worse.
• Pain in shoulder, neck, back or other area of the body
• Restricted motion
• Numbness, tingling, and/or burning sensations in your arms, hands or fingers
• Grinding or popping when moving joints
• Bump or deformity near injury
• Inability to lift objects
• Lack of mobility
• Sagging shoulder, arm, or joint
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Common orthopedic car accident injuries
Car accidents can result in injuries that are both immediately apparent as well as delayed. Seeking medical care is important because what may seem like just a bruise can be something much more severe, like a fracture. Getting medical attention reduces the chance of further injury and can help speed up recovery.
Common auto accident injuries include:
Scrapes, cuts, and bruises
These injuries are typically treated on-site and result from broken glass or metal.
From a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury, car accidents can cause head injuries that lead to headaches, nausea, problems sleeping, concentrating, and making day-to-day decisions.
Broken ribs, wrists, hips, legs, arms, and ankles are all common due to the amount of force that can be applied to the body during a car accident.
Arms, hands, fingers, legs, ankles, feet, toes, collarbone, and facial fractures can all be caused by a car accident. Fractures can cause pain, swelling, bruising, and loss of function, and may require surgical treatment.
Soft tissue injuries
Strains, tears, ruptures, inflammation, and general damage to the muscles, ligaments, or tendons are common in a car accident.
Back pain is a very common car accident symptom, and one of the causes of it is due to herniated or bulging discs in the spine.
The impact of the crash can cause your knee to hit the dashboard, resulting in pain to your knee ligaments and kneecap.
If you already have chronic back problems, then a car crash can exacerbate them. A car accident can cause new chronic back pain so it is important to be examined by a medical professional.
A broken bone can refracture and possibly become more difficult to heal if it is injured in a car accident.
Having an existing brain injury can make the damage of a car crash much more serious, and can aggravate or cause complications such as headaches, dizziness, and memory loss.
Car accidents are associated with causing post-traumatic arthritis or making pre-existing arthritis more severe.
Degenerative disc disease
After getting into an accident and suffering from back pain, sometimes people find out that they have degenerative disc disease. This can make the back pain take a more intensive form than it would otherwise