Motor Vehicle Injuries

Introduction

Serious motor vehicle accidents often cause injuries which require immediate hospital care. Major injuries to the head, body, limbs or spinal cord are serious and require a trauma team and even surgery.

However, many motor vehicle accidents do not require a hospital visit. Individuals should see a physician if they experience pain after having been in a motor vehicle accident but did not seek medical attention at an Emergency Department. The severity of an injury is not always obvious initially.

Neck injuries, such as whiplash, are common. Other types of injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident can include:

• Broken bones
• Strains in ligaments and muscles
• Knee and ankle injury (dislocation, tearing, etc.)
• Back, spine and cervical neck injury
• Concussion
• Crushing injuries
• Internal injuries to the kidney, spleen, liver, lungs, heart, etc.
• Trauma and shock
• Psychological injuries such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression

Diagnosis typically requires the use of imaging testing such as X-ray, CT scan, MRI or bone scan.

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