Neck Injury is the most Common Type of Car Accident Injury.Why getting medical attention right after after a car accident is so import?
Stages of Injury
Not every accident produces an injury. It is not uncommon for accident victims to leave the scene of the accident feeling that they were uninjured and then wake up the next day or two days later with extreme soreness, tightness or muscle spasm.
A study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery stated that “…an individual involved in a motor vehicle accident is nearly 7-times more likely to suffer neck degeneration within 7-years of the accident…” than individuals that have not been involved in an auto accident.
What is the Goal?
The goal of immediate medical care is to return the injured to complete, healthy function thereby reducing this increased risk of long term pain.
Judy Fortin, former CNN anchor and medical correspondent, guides you through important information to help maximize your loved one's recovery.
Lee Woodruff adds practical advice -- her husband, Bob Woodruff of ABC News, was injured in a bomb blast in Iraq and sustained a traumatic brain injury.
The video chapters take you through the initial stages of what to do when a loved one has recently sustained a spinal cord injury, explains the anatomy of the spinal cord, offers an explanation of spinal cord injury types and classifications, tests and procedures, and, finally, how to get the support you need. Watch and share them with friends or loved ones going through a spinal cord injury.
Neck Injury Video
Herniated Disc or Bulging Disc Video
Herniated Disc or Bulging Disc Video
A cervical vertebra is fractured by trauma, such as in a car accident that jars the head, or any other significant cervical injury, the spinal cord can be damaged, possibly resulting in not only cervical pain but different types of impaired functioning depending on which cervical vertebra has been injured.
What is a Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs when a sudden, jarring movement of the head is sustained backward, forward or even to the side. It destabilizes the spine and causes severe pain. Some of indicators are:
• Blurred vision
• Neck pain
• Shoulder pain
• Reduced range of motion in the neck
• Arm pain
• Neck stiffness
• Low back pain
Speed & Whiplash
Whiplash can occur in sudden changes of speed of only 2.5 miles per hour!
The standards in automobile bumpers are made to withstand damage at 5 mph. But the human body does not withstand damage at this speed (or any speed for that matter). As a result the occupant of the vehicle suffers many forms of neck, back and spinal injuries.
Soft Tissue Injury
Often times, injuries incurred during an auto accident cannot be seen externally, such as soft tissue injuries (injuries to muscles, ligaments and discs) and can heal with scar tissue which can hurt years later.
The damage to the spine can lead to recurring headaches, neck pain, stiffness, chronic muscle tension and spasms, lower back pain, spinal disc degeneration, inflamed arthritis, sore and tight inflexible muscles, greater chance of repeat injury and aid in poor posture.
Minor Scrapes and Bruises
In a car accident, injuries to the face are common and can be caused by contact with the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass. These injuries can range in severity from scrapes and bruises, to laceration and fractures, even serious disorders affecting the jaw and serious dental injuries.
Minor Laceration and Fractures
The weakest part of an automobile is the windows and windshield. Often times, the glass of an automobile will break in even minor automobile incidents. Broken glass in a car accident, as well as the introduction of any sharp object as a result of two cars colliding, can cause severe cuts and lacerations. Cuts and lacerations can be more serious than you think, so you should seek immediate medical treatment to ensure the injury is treated properly. Without immediate treatment, cuts and lacerations can become infected; as such, it's important to take good care of these injuries to avoid it becoming worse.
Long Lasting Pain and Discomfort
Even in slow-speed car accidents that result in minor damage to the vehicles involved, the bodies of both the drivers and passengers can still suffer significant trauma. Most car accidents result in what some might consider minor injuries (i.e., are not life-threatening). This does not mean that those who survive a car accident with minor injuries will not have lasting effects; some “minor” car accident injuries can result in long-lasting pain.
Emotional injuries are the emotional reactions experienced by injured auto accident victim(s). The emotional reactions, also called emotional injuries, can include (but are not limited to) fear, depression, withdrawal, sadness, unhappiness, frustration, hopelessness, anger and irritability.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A Traumatic Brain Injury is an injury to the brain that results from an external force, or trauma, to the head. In essence, it is a head injury that causes damage to the brain. The "external force" can be a direct blow to the head such as hitting the floor in a fall accident or striking the steering wheel in a car accident.