Car accidents are shocking and violent. You can injure almost any part of the body in an accident.
Many injuries are immediately obvious due to blood or disfigurement, but some severe injuries are not so visually evident. Injuries from car accidents require time and medical care for recovery.
Broken bones, sprains and strains
Broken bones are common injuries suffered in car accidents. Hands, wrists, arms, legs, ankles, knees and even the pelvis may suffer a break or fracture from the force of a collision. Sprains and strains of all different muscles are also likely and often take a long time to recover.
Traumatic brain injuries
A traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain caused by a blow or strike to the head. This type of injury affects how the brain works and often requires extensive treatment. A traumatic brain injury can lead to both short and long-term health issues.
Spinal cord injuries
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that runs down your back and sends messages between your body and brain. An injured spinal cord can no longer send messages from below the level of injury. Immediate treatment can reduce the long-term effects of the injury and may include medicine, physical therapy or surgical intervention.
When heavy objects strike a body, internal organs can become bruised and damaged. Emergency surgery is often needed to treat internal bleeding from the injuries.
Injuries from car accidents are not limited to physical injuries. Psychological and emotional injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder are common after car accidents. Like physical injuries, these injuries will require time and treatment for recovery.