Soft tissue injuries are the most common problems associated with car accidents, with whiplash being first among these. Internal injuries are less common with contemporary restraint systems, but these still occur, along with broken ribs and sternum. The liver, kidneys and spleen are frequently at risk. Knee, leg, and foot injuries may result from collapse of the passenger compartment. Bruises are common and fractures frequently occur. As well as immediate injuries, some injuries don’t emerge until hours or days after the accident.
Even minor car accidents can be jarring enough to cause aches and pains from head to toe, though these typically pass in a day or two. More concerning are injuries to the head due to impact.
Traumatic brain injuries can be mild, such as a concussion with symptoms lasting a few days, or more severe, affecting critical functions, including speech, sight, memory, emotions, and concentration.
Impacts can cause fractures of the skull, cheeks, or jaw. Flying glass could harm the eyes and any damage to the ear canal may cause hearing loss. Fortunately, supplemental restraint systems, such as seat belts and airbags, protect the head well when properly used.
Whiplash is often not immediately symptomatic, and it can emerge in the days following the accident. The same holds true for headaches and back pain.
Damage to joints and muscles may not immediately inflame, and so the nerve irritation that causes discomfort and pain is slow to develop. Nerve irritation or compression could also cause numbness in hands and arms, legs and feet.
The emotional impact of a car accident may be severe for some people. Post-traumatic stress disorder may affect some.
Typically, concierge medical care is like holding a lawyer on a retainer. The client pays a regular amount and in return, receives preferential access. In the case of concierge medicine, the patient may enjoy privileges such as same-day appointments, with these appointments being of a longer duration than regular patients. The doctor’s cell phone or personal answering service may be available. Medical Solution Center uses a concierge model for the unexpected and delayed injuries following car accidents, as well as offering help obtaining attorneys for patients, should the need arise.
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