Driving in Fresno? Common Injuries and Symptoms from Auto Accident You Need to Know
Fresno has a high number of auto accidents. In 2015, there were 1,788 injuries involving motor vehicles, and the city was included on the list of top-ten cities in the United States for number of alcohol-related crashes.
Some of the most common injuries—like whiplash—may not be painful right away, but if left untreated can lead to bigger problems such as chronic pain syndromes and long-term disabilities.
That’s why it’s important to understand the most common injuries and symptoms from your auto accident and get an evaluation fast – even if you feel okay.
Some Common Auto Accident Injuries
There are a number of ways you can be injured in a collision.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in a motor vehicle accident. The sudden impact of a vehicle causes the ligaments of your head and neck to stretch suddenly, causing strain and possible subtle dislocation of vertebrae.
Arm and Leg Injuries
The impact of a collision typically causes arms and legs to flail around in the vehicle. Sometimes this means just bruises and scrapes, but often breaks and sprains occur as well, especially when knees impact the hard surfaces of the dashboard.
Even if you’re wearing a seat belt, you can sustain a chest injury. As impact throws you forward, the sharp restraint of the belt can bruise your ribs and other soft tissues of your chest area. Even airbags can cause bruising and break ribs.
Head injuries can be minor to severe. Unexpected stops or direction changes can cause occupants’ heads to experience sudden movements. Impact with a window or steering wheel can cause bruising, and fluid and tissue inside the skull can be affected. At the very least, this can cause a concussion, but some may cause brain damage.
What to Do When You’ve Been Injured
Chiropractors have a proven record treating injuries sustained in car accidents. If you’ve been injured, you need to get a chiropractic evaluation as soon as possible.
Dr. Jaime Reyna of Reyna Chiropractic Center in Fresno has the specialized training and experience to determine the extent of the injury and treat you—the same day.
Dr. Reyna’s in-depth knowledge of common auto accident injuries and their treatments mean a quicker recovery time for you—without surgery and drugs.