And getting involved in a car accident is no joking matter. Because there are tens of thousands of people driving every day in Pinellas County and Dunedin Florida, this area is no different. Driving becomes such a routine for many people. While driving, many things become automatic and this allows for distractions. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of vehicle accident across the country each year is more than 3 million. Some of these accidents resolve within a few days or weeks. Other, more serious injuries become chronic and result in permanent medical impairment. An auto accident can happen at any time, to any person. Auto accidents do not discriminate based on income level, social status, age, sex, gender, etc. Many accidents occur very close to home., And they can occur at the blink of an eye. At Rainey Chiropractic and Car Injury Clinic, we see many auto cases each year, and here are some of the most common car accident injuries that our clients in Pinellas County have experienced.
One of the most common car accident injuries to occur is a whiplash injury. Even if you’re going 10 mph or less, a whiplash injury can occur to you during a car accident. It’s very easy for this type of injury to go unnoticed and untreated because many believe people believe that they were not going fast enough to cause a whiplash injury. The other thing that happens is that a whiplash injury does not present symptoms immediately. It may take hours, days or even up to a week before the patient realizes that he or she has experienced whiplash. For this reason, many people did not seek treatment or associate the pain with the accident because it took so much time for the symptoms to become noticeable.
If a whiplash injury goes untreated, it can end up causing long-term, chronic pain, and discomfort. So you are in an accident, it is recommended to seek medical treatment the same day of the accident, regardless of whether or not you’re in immediate pain.
Traumatic brain injuries such as concussions are one of the most common and debilitating injuries that occur during an auto accident. The symptoms vary greatly because they can be mild, moderate, or severe. Just depends on how traumatic the damage to the brain and the affected area become. The problems with brain and head injuries are that there is often no visible signs of injury such as bruising or swelling or cuts. Despite his lack of physical, external evidence, the brain can still be effective. The most common causes of head and brain injuries occur from head-on collisions, but they can also occur during rollovers or other auto accidents.
If you suspect a head injury, it is crucial to have it detected quickly. Seek immediate medical treatment by a licensed medical professional.
3) Neck Injury Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident
Neck injuries are another likely type of injury to occur from an automobile accident. Although whiplash is the most common type of injury, you may also experience a severe strain of the neck muscles, sprain of the ligaments and connective tissue, or more serious injuries like a cervical fracture or disc herniation may even occur. Injuries to the neck are often felt right away, but the true extent and severity of the damage are not usually known until subsequent time has passed, treatment has provided, and a diagnosis has been given. This is why it is so important to seek immediate medical care
An excellent chiropractor in the Dunedin area will be your best first line of evaluation. He/she will be able to provide relief and get you the treatment that you need.
4) Back Injuries From an Auto Accident
The lower back is often one of the most injured areas that occur during automobile accidents. The back supports much of the body and is frequently taking the brunt of the weight from the body. The lower back is often the most damage and abused area. These injuries range from muscle sprains strains to ligamentous sprains, herniated disc’s, “hold” muscles, and vertebral fractures. When these injuries occur, the body will go into self-preservation mode and limit your mobility. Often times, people are unaware that they have a back injury until hours or days later. Some of the more traumatic injuries will allow the patient to wake up with severe back pain, numbness, weakness or loss of bladder function. Having a serious back injury can cause long-lasting pain and discomfort, and it can be an injury that changes the quality of a person’s life forever.
When you get involved in a car accident (which we hope never happens) there’s one area of the body that is most exposed and prone to injury: the face. The face can come into contact with the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, shattered glass, side window, car seats and others items that have been stored in the vehicle. As you can see, this is quite an extensive list of items that can impact the face leading to permanent scarring, broken jaw’s, missing teeth, broken bones and even a fractured skull is. An injury to the head and/or face must be treated immediately. This is something best left to an emergency room doctor, hospital, or facial surgeon.
6) Internal Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Internal injuries are life-threatening and should be treated by a licensed medical professional immediately. These are the most severe of injuries because they can be life-threatening. The impact of a motor vehicle can rupture internal organs such as lungs, kidneys, spleen, liver and even the aorta. Injury to these organs can cause a person to bleed to death. So again, this explains why it is so important to be checked by a medical professional immediately after an auto accident. When you’re in an auto accident in the state of Florida, you have personal injury protection (PIP) to provide you for immediate medical treatment after your accident. This coverage is given to everyone who is in an automobile accident, and it is designed to protect you and provide for necessary medical treatment to keep you healthy and alive.
When the front of the car is crushed, and the engine bay gets pushed backward, the feet and legs tend to be the most injured area. Depending on the severity of the injury, the patient will need rehabilitation and or surgery. Hands and arms are often the most exposed areas, aside from the face, and are prone to injury from the steering column and the dashboard. I also see a lot of wrist injuries because people are holding onto the steering wheel during the accident, and while doing so, they damage their wrists. This can be very burdensome for a person who needs his or her wrist for work. As you can imagine, there are more severe injuries that do occur, but I will not go into detail in this article.
8) Car Accident Psychological injuries
Many patients continue to re-live the car accident in their brain. This makes it very challenging for them to drive, especially in situations that tend to re-create the circumstances around the injury that occurred. So the injuries that occur psychologically can include long-term memory suppression, emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression and nightmares. These injuries are hard to imagine unless you, yourself, have experienced this first-hand. Therapies and psychological counseling have shown to be very helpful for the mental recovery, alongside the physical recovery process.
9) Car Accident Chest Injuries
Experiencing chest pain after a car accident can be a sign of a serious injury. In fact, not all serious injuries result in severe pain, but if you do experience serious pain after an auto accident, it is imperative that you seek medical evaluation immediately because it can be a potentially deadly injury.
These come from intense force upon the chest. This can leave the patient with cracked ribs, broken collarbones, fractured sternum, punctured lungs, or even heart damage. All these can occur during severe automobile accidents. It is imperative to seek medical care for a proper diagnosis.
Who Should I See After my Car Accident?
If you were involved in an Automobile Accident, it is imperative that you seek treatment by a medical professional the same day.
If you want to know which doctor to see after your automobile accident, then the answer is dependent on your injuries. If you are cut, bleeding or think you may have a broken bone, then you must go to the hospital or see the emergency room doctor. He/she will be your first line of care to get you the treatment that you need.
Otherwise, your first visit should be at a chiropractic clinic that specializes in car accident injuries.
At Rainey Chiropractic and Car Injury Clinic, I am trained and experienced at treating car accident victims to recover from their injuries as quickly as possible
At our office, I will provide a complete orthopedic and neurological examination to determine the extent of your injuries. If necessary, I will also have imaging (x-ray or MRI, etc) done to rule out any severe injury that may have occurred. Then I will come up with a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your injury and recovery needs. This will ensure that you get out of pain as quickly as possible and minimize any long-term damage from developing down the road.
At Rainey Chiropractic and Car Injury Clinic, we offer a free consultation.