Car Accident Injuries
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than three million people are injured each year in vehicle accidents across the country.
The different injuries resulting from a car accident can be as varied as the individual circumstances of each collision, but there are some types of injuries that are more common than others.
Some car accident injuries may resolve within a matter of days without any medical treatment at all. More serious injuries might become permanent and result in some level of physical disability.
There are two broad categories of injuries caused by car accidents: (1) impact injuries, and (2) penetrating injuries. Impact injuries are typically caused when part of the person’s body hits some part of the interior of the car. Often this can be a knee hitting a dashboard or the head hitting the seat rest or the side window. Penetrating injuries are typically cuts and scrapes. Shattering glass or loose objects flying inside the car on impact often cause these types of injuries.
Soft Tissue Injuries and Car Accidents
A soft tissue injury is damage to the body’s connective tissue, which means muscles, ligaments and tendons. This is the most common type of injury resulting from a car accident. Soft tissue injuries can take many forms.
A “whiplash” type injury to the neck and upper back is a form of soft tissue injury. In that type of injury the muscles and ligaments are stretched due to sudden movements imposed on the head and neck in the collision. These same mechanisms and forces can cause soft tissue injuries in other areas of the body such as the back. Car accidents often cause mid-back and low-back muscle sprains, and sometimes cause more serious back injuries because of the impact force against the spine.
Other Common Auto Accident Injuries
- Brain & Head Injuries –Closed head injuries are common in car accidents. The damage may result in a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). There can be internal brain damage from colliding with the skull, but no exterior signs of damage.
- Neck Injuries – The head is heavy and a sudden jolt can result in whiplash or neck strain.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – These injuries may take some time to appear, but results can be painful and expensive to treat. Examples include: disc injury, fracture, sprain, strain and lumbar spine injuries.
- Back Injuries – One problem with back injuries is that they may not be immediately noticeable, but develop later on in time. Common back injuries from car accidents include sprains or strains, fractures, damage to discs, and other lumbar spine injuries.
- Face Injuries – Facial injuries are easily caused when the person hits objects like the steering wheel, dashboard, airbags, windshield, side window glass, car seats and interior equipment. Common face injuries include bruises, scrapes, cuts, bruises and damage to teeth or the jaw.
- Internal Injuries – The sudden impact and forces involved in a motor vehicle accident can injure internal organs like the spleen, liver, lungs, heart, aorta, bowels or kidneys. Rib fractures are common, and may cause further damage by puncturing lungs or other internal organs. Some of these injuries can be fatal and need immediate medical attention.
- Psychological Injuries – Mental and emotional trauma can affect every part of your life and be long-lasting. Emotional distress, anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder can result from car accidents.
Dr. Michael Buczynski at Art of Health in Nashville, TN has treated over 1100 auto accident patients over the years. He has worked with patients exhibiting symptoms such as whiplash, headaches, wrist and shoulder sprains, disk bulges, hip and knee pain, numbness, tingling, back pain, and more.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Nashville, schedule a consultation with Dr. Buczynski and rest assured that you are in good hands.
Call the office at (615) 953-7544 to schedule your appointment today.