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Most Common Injuries in Car Accidents

October 17, 2016 | General Tips

Most Common Injuries in Car Accidents | Fast HelpYour neck is one of the most vulnerable parts of your body in an accident, because it’s the most mobile. Whereas, your body is more stationary, as long as it’s held back by a seat belt.

It’s going to stay still while your head is going to wrench your neck back and forth in a crash. It will bend at an angle it’s not designed to tolerate.

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There’s a good chance pain will follow. The pain is caused by smashing the edges of your vertebrae. In turn, the vertebrae will pinch or tear the connective soft tissue in between.

Imagine taking a plastic strip and bending it down on either side until the middle bend begins to turn white. That happens when the micro fibers are stretching and breaking. If you bend it back and forth, it would eventually break. At that point, you need to see a car accident doctor.

That kind of stretching and breaking in your neck isn’t normal. The force of impact jolts your head to one side and snaps it back, which makes your neck act like a whip. This is whiplash.

It may be hours or days after the accident when you experience symptoms. This is exactly why you need to seek medical attention if you think you’ve suffered whiplash. Depending on the severity of the crash, your chiropractor can offer you remedies that will remove the pain and help the injury subside.

The Cause of Headaches After a Car Accident

The cervical spine, also known as your neck, is the most sensitive area of your spine. Did you know – 80 percent of your headaches are caused by an injury to the spine, rather than a problem inside your brain.

The reason is twofold.

Your cervical spine houses major arteries connecting to your brain. Unlike the rest of the vertebrae in your body, the cervical vertebrae have holes in either side of each bone, where the arteries run. When you hyperextend or twist your neck, these arteries can become partially blocked. This blockage can lead to headaches – even pain or lack of feeling in an arm.

The other reason involves the nerves that run from your neck to the rest of your body. These supply your sense of touch. A problem in the nerves of your spinal cord – which is your parasympathetic nervous system – can trigger pain in your head, neck, and upper extremities.

That’s why your neck can be injured, yet it’s your arm that hurts.

Experiencing a Concussion After a Car Accident

When your head is struck during an accident, your brain may bang against your skull. That’s a concussion. You’re hit and the brain is concussed against your head. If you’ve experienced a concussion, you’ll have a variety of symptoms from a headache to dizziness, light headedness, and an inability to think properly.

While you may not need to visit an Atlanta personal injury doctor to assess a concussion, you should visit a physician after an accident to rule out any more major issues.  The specialists at Fast Help can provide you with a comprehensive evaluation and create a treatment plan puts you on the road to recovery. Fast Help will also put you in the hands of Atlanta car accident attorneys who will handle your case.

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