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Many sacramento car accidents may not cause serious or permanent injuries. They do, however, cause trauma, stress and pain to folks each year. Some of the most common injuries sustained in a majority of accidents are to the head, neck and back.
Whiplash injuries are generally simple. During an accident, the head and torso are thrust in opposite directions in a very short period of time. This period of time is measured in milliseconds. So it is not surprising that most of the symptoms of whiplash are centered in that part of the body between the head and the torso ie — the neck.
In the typical rear end collision, when the cars collide, energy in the moving rear car is transferred to the front car pushing the front car forward. Thus, the front car is pushed forward by the force of the rear car hitting it. The back of the car seat then pushes the occupant forward as well, but since the head is not contacting any portion of the seat, it remains still, resulting in backward motion of the head relative to the body. At some point the front car stops. At this point the front car occupant’s body is thrown forward. If the occupant is wearing a shoulder restraint the head maybe thrown forward with a simultaneous twisting motion, resulting in greater risk of injury to the neck.
In short, in a typical rear end collision, when an automobile is struck from behind, the head is suddenly and forcefully flung backward beyond its normal extension, then just as abruptly it recoils forward. The structures and tissues of the neck are then subject to all these forces in several hundreds of a second. It is no surprise that the ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, vertebrae and the intervertebral discs can be injured in these types of accidents.
Every year there are thousands of folks who suffer from whiplash injuries. These injuries are very real and have been known to cause years of suffering when improperly diagnosed, mistreated or ignored.
The typical symptoms associated with whiplash are headaches, stiffness, dizziness, nausea, numbness, impaired vision as well as pain in the neck, back, arms, and legs. Often times, these symptoms show up immediately. Sometimes these symptoms do not become apparent for days or even weeks.
Even relatively low speed accidents can cause painful injuries. There has been no scientific correlation between low speed accident and the severity of injuries a person may suffer.
That is why it is always important to be evaluated by a physician. The physician’s job is to diagnose and document any injuries you may have suffered in the collision. In addition, he may set up a treatment plan, which may include conservative measures such as rest, medications, and physical therapy.
It is important for your health to remain under a physician’s care until he releases you from treatment. You should always listen and follow your physician’s recommendations. He is in the best position to evaluate and treat your injuries. It is important for you to follow up and report back to him regarding any progress or new symptoms that you are experiencing. Your physician may need to alter and change your treatment plan, or he may need to order further diagnostic studies such as x-rays, MRI, CT scans, nerve condition studies or other tests which will help him further diagnosis your condition.
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