Auto accidents are scary because they usually catch you off guard and you hardly have time to react and ensure your and your passengers’ safety. Unfortunately, many auto accidents result in injuries that require professional medical treatment.
If you’ve been in an auto accident, don’t hesitate to see a doctor for an examination. Even if you’re not hurt, you may have underlying symptoms that will grow worse over time without treatment.
You can be injured in an auto accident in several different ways. Take a look below at four common injuries that occur as a result of an auto accident:
Whiplash is the name of tears in the soft tissue in your neck that results from your head jerking from impact. A collision can cause your head to jerk forward and back like the crack of a whip, hence the name “whiplash.”
Whiplash is a painful condition that is usually not life-threatening. However, it makes it incredibly difficult to move your neck, which can affect your quality of life. Mild cases of whiplash can heal on their own over time, but most victims of whiplash need some form of treatment.
2. Sprains and strains
A direct impact or simply being jerked around from a collision can lead to soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains. These can affect muscles, ligaments, and tendons all over your body. Sprains and strains are usually identifiable by pain, limited range of motion, and swelling.
Another result of the force of an auto accident is a fracture. Both small hairline fractures and total bone fractures can occur in an auto accident.
4. Herniated disc
The force of a collision can cause one of the discs in your spine to burst, which puts pressure on the nerves in your spine. This can affect one or multiple discs depending on the severity of the auto accident.
Visit the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute for auto accident injury treatment
Have you recently been involved in an auto accident or are you looking for a team to trust for treatment if the time comes? The iRISE Spine and Joint Institute is here for you. Our team of orthopedic specialists can examine your injuries and administer the treatment you need. Contact our team today to learn more about treating auto accident injuries or to schedule an initial appointment.