Getting into a car accident can be one of the scariest experiences of your life. In an instant, your life changes, and it can be difficult both physically and emotionally to get back to normal. Fortunately, the injuries sustained in most accidents can be treated conservatively, and many don’t require surgery.
Over 6 million car accidents happen each year in the US, accounting for over 3 million injuries.
Here are a few of the most common injuries that occur during a car accident:
The abrupt movements back and forth during a car accident can result in spinal injuries like neck pain, whiplash, or back pain. An estimated 38% of people with chronic neck pain believe it began with a car accident.
Arm or Leg Injuries
Injuries to your shoulders (if you’re holding the wheel or the locking of the seatbelt) or your knees (if they hit the dashboard) are very common during a car accident.
Striking your head against the steering wheel, dashboard, or window can result in an injury such as a concussion (which is considered a mild traumatic brain injury)