Here at Crown Medical Center in Huntsville, we treat many patients who have had the ill-fortune of being in car accidents. Some of our patients experience severe symptoms from their accidents, while others feel no pain or distress at all. It’s important to realize that even if you feel as though you’re perfectly okay after an accident, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Chad Mathey so he can make sure there’s been no damage inside your body you might not be noticing.
What are the most common injuries from a car accident?
There are a number of different types of injuries you can sustain from a car accident, but the five most common include:
1. Soft tissue injuries
The most common injury in a car accident is damage to connective tissue, which includes muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Whiplash, where the head and neck are jerked forward-and-back or side-to-side abruptly is one such example. The sudden movement stretches the head and neck muscles and can cause both pain and weakness. Low- and mid-back muscle sprains are also common.
2. Head injuries
Car accidents can cause minor and major injuries to your head. Some symptoms of certain head injuries, such as a concussion — where your brain impacts your skull — might not show immediately. If left untreated, head injuries can cause long-term damage.
3. Scrapes and cuts
Many patients who have been through a car accident typically receive some scrapes and cuts. Depending on how traumatic the car accident, the effects could be minimal or you could have serious injury and blood loss. You can also receive facial lacerations if your airbag deployed.
4. Chest injuries
Chest injuries sustained from car accidents typically show in the form of bruises or contusions. However, more serious chest injuries, like broken ribs, are also quite common. The driver of the vehicle usually experiences more serious chest injuries than their passengers because the steering wheel sits directly in front of them.
5. Arm and leg injuries
Similar to the reasons you’re vulnerable to head injuries, your arms and legs are vulnerable to various injuries from an accident. Depending on your position in the car and the angle of impact, your arms and legs can get thrown against doors, seats, the dashboard, windows, and other passengers in the car. Injuries to your arms and legs can include things such as broken bones, torn muscles, and dislocations.
Why you should see a doctor after a car accident
We cannot stress enough the importance of seeing a doctor after a car accident, even if you feel no pain at all. There are underlying health concerns that may not present until a later point in time. This is especially true when it comes to internal injuries such as organ damage and internal bleeding. These issues can be uncovered and properly treated only with a medical assessment.
If you’ve recently been in a car accident and haven’t seen a doctor yet, call us today at one of our locations or schedule an appointment online to meet with Dr. Mathey.