Common Injuries from an Auto Accident
- Posted on: Aug 15 2019
Have you been in an auto accident? If you have, you may have found yourself injured in a number of different ways. On the other hand, it’s possible to walk away from an auto accident feeling fine, only to later discover that you were hurt much worse than you thought. Some injuries are more common than others, so it’s important to know how you may have been hurt after you’ve been in an auto accident. Here are some of these common injuries.
Whiplash occurs when your head is forced forward and then snapped backwards. It’s incredibly common in car accidents, but unfortunately, the damage also often doesn’t show up for weeks or even months. The damage to your ligaments, tendons, and muscles may be much more severe than it seems, and it can take a good amount of time for you to recover. Because there are often no immediate symptoms, though, it’s important that you see a doctor right away so they can treat whiplash before it becomes worse.
Cuts and Scrapes
It’s not unusual to find that something has cut or scraped across your skin during the accident. In many cases, these cuts and scrapes are minor and only need a bandage. In other cases, however, they may be much worse. This is often the case if a window or your windshield was broken. You may have glass stuck in your skin that needs to be carefully removed. Always allow paramedics to examine you after any accident in which they are called to the scene. You may have injuries on your back or in other areas you can’t clearly see.
In serious accidents, it’s also not uncommon to suffer broken bones. The ribs and arms are two of the fairly common bones to break, though an accident can result in any bone or multiple bones breaking. If you believe you’ve broken a bone and it’s safe to remain where you are, it’s usually best to do so. Moving may make the injury worse.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you need to seek medical care, even if you don’t think you’ve suffered a major injury. Let the experts at Maximum Orthopedics check you out to make certain there’s not a hidden injury waiting to cause you pain later.