Car accidents can happen to anyone, it is estimated that 2.35 million people in the United States are injured or disabled due to a car accident every single year in the United States. Over 37,000 people die in road crashes each year in the US. If you have been involved in a car accident there are 4 hidden car accident injuries you should be aware of. These injuries are listed and explained below:
One of the most common injuries during a car accident is a herniated disc. A herniated disc can be caused by the force of the Collision in a car accident. The force of the Collision causes the jelly layer in between your spine to balloon out or rupture. A herniated disc can cause severe pain depending on the severity, a herniated disc causes pain by impinging on the spinal cord. this type of pain can cause radiculopathy, which is sharp pain and numbness. The symptoms may not occur immediately after a car accident, but it can also develop after time passes.
Even if you do not get a herniated disc, there may be a bulging disc instead which can also cause chronic pain in your back. For your neck, whiplash is a big cause of herniated discs or bulging discs. Since the symptoms may not appear immediately after a car accident, it is best to go to doctor that knows how to treat car accident patients after your motor vehicle accident.
Traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries or TBI is caused by your brain Heading the inside of your skull or your head striking something in your car such as a windshield or a steering wheel. Traumatic brain injuries are serious, it can change the way your brain functions. A traumatic brain injury can cause dramatic personality changes and also cause forgetfulness. It is not something to take lightly. This type of injury can cause grief for you and your family.
One of the key signs that you may have suffered from a Traumatic Brain Injury is if you were unconscious after a car accident. If you think you have a TBI make sure to get medical attention immediately. The longer you wait to seek treatment the more concrete your symptoms will be and the tougher it is to be treated.
The knee injuries can happen several ways. The impact of the collision can cause your knee to hit the dashboard which can tear your ACL, MCL, and meniscus. A T-Bone collision is also another way your knee can get injured. Having these injuries is more obvious compared to a spine injury because if you have a torn ACL, MCL, or meniscus it is easier to tell when you have pain standing up or walking. If the pain is not too severe you may have some soft tissue damage that we can help you get fixed.
The most common way your shoulder gets injured during a car accident is when you get T-boned. The side impact can crush your car and impact your shoulder. If your car has side airbags this is another way you can sustain shoulder injuries. When your shoulder is severely damaged it is best to go see a physician to diagnose the injury immediately. If the shoulder injury goes untreated it can cause severe problems and you will have to get surgery. It is best to come see an auto accident doctor to be able to diagnose you with the injury. If it is just soft tissue damage you will not have to get surgery, but if it is a tear, we will have to send you out to a surgeon to get surgery.
Why should you come to Epic Chiropractic and Wellness?
There are many hidden injuries that a car accident can cause. Being able to see a physician who is trained to detect these injuries is the best thing you can do for your health. Car accidents are physically and mentally draining. Getting the correct care for the injuries you sustained during a motor vehicle accident is crucial. At Epic Chiropractic and Wellness in Brandon, Florida, our chiropractor, Dr. Matt Wilson is an expert in treating patients that have sustained car accident injuries. If you have been involved in a car accident and need to seek treatment in Brandon, Florida or Gibsonton, Florida, please call us immediately. We will be able to guide you through this process with our knowledge of car accidents. Our team can refer you to the best attorney in town to handle your case and make sure all your medical bills are paid.