Orthopedic Care Following Auto Accidents

According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles department, Floridians were involved in over 374,000 auto accidents last year. Unfortunately, over two thirds of those car accidents resulted in injury. Many individuals involved in an auto accident feel fine immediately after the traumatic event only suffering from what feels like minor aches and pains. Regardless of the level of injury an individual’s he or she has sustained, medical treatment should be sought immediately to prevent symptoms showing weeks later or worsening. Orthopedics specializes in the diagnosing and treatment of the musculoskeletal system due to auto accident injury.

Common Auto Accident Injuries

Every car accident is unique along with the injuries sustained. However, there are common injuries individuals sustain after being involved in an auto accident. Often these injuries may seem superficial or not immediately apparent, but seeking medical attention immediately can greatly reduce the chance of further injury and may result in a quicker recovery.

Whiplash

Whiplash is known to be one of the most common car accident injuries. Most frequently associated with rear end collisions, whiplash is caused by the abrupt forward, backward jerking of the head and neck. In whiplash, the spaces between vertebrae, ligaments, cervical muscles, discs and nerves may become damaged due to this violent motion.

Scrapes and Cuts

Scrapes and cuts can occur when the accident was severe enough causing glass and or metal to break and come into contact with the passengers. This type of injury is typically treated on the scene or immediately afterwards in an urgent care facility.

Back Pain

Back pain that is the result of an auto accident can be due to various injuries sustained throughout the spine. The back is broken into three main sections – the cervical, thoracic and lumbar. Individuals with back pain due to an auto accident may have a herniated or bulging disc within one of these areas of the spine.

Recovering from a Car Accident Injury

Auto Accident DoctorTreatment and recovery from an auto accident is a process. Each patient is diagnosed and treated individually for their specific injuries. The staff at WCMI Orthopedics design custom treatment plans for each patient and practice the least invasive treatment possible. Common evaluations and treatment may include:

  • Physical evaluation by a doctor
  • MRI, x-rays or CT scan
  • Splinting or casting
  • Physical or occupational therapy
  • Surgery
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in an auto accident, the injuries sustained can vary from minor to life threatening. Waiting to receive medical treatment can cause further injury and complicate or delay recovery. The staff at WCMI Orthopedics is committed to providing you the best treatment and care available. Please call today and ensure you are taken care of and get on the path to recovery.

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