Car Accidents – The Most Common Injuries
If you've ever been in a car accident, you know how shocking they can be both to your physical as well as mental well-being. And once you've been seen by the appropriate medical team for assessment, you often need follow up with a clinic that specializes in rehabilitation for car accident injury. But what are the most common car accident injuries that occur? Well, some injuries don't even appear right away, which is why it's essential you report the accident both to the police and your insurance company. You may even want to speak to a personal injury lawyer, although this can wait until your recovery process has begun.
The type and extent of injuries you may experience depend on a few factors, including whether or not you were wearing a seat belt, the side of your car that took the impact of the collision, the speed of yours and the other car(s) involved, and even whether or not your car has air bags.
Commonly in a car accident, you may incur injuries such as those related to your head and spine, most especially your neck in what is commonly known as "whiplash." Whiplash is a soft tissue injury that is fairly easily treated with methods such as physiotherapy or massage therapy. You may also find relief for whiplash and other soft tissue injuries by trying chiropractic care, acupuncture, or osteopathy. Other types of soft tissue injury include most injuries related to your muscles.
Other types of car accident injury that are not soft tissue include scrapes and cuts, and broken bones. But emotional distress is fairly common after a car accident as well, and seeing a psychotherapist may be of some help to you in your recovery period. Finally, an occupational therapist trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) can potentially help with sleep issues that may arise from the accident.