4 Types of Common Car Accident Injuries

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Hello, and welcome back to the Topical BioMedics blog. In our recent posts, we looked at some of the most common causes of back pain and how Topricin® Pain Relief Cream used in conjunction with different treatments like chiropractic, massage therapy, and physical therapy can help relieve pain naturally. Another cause for a variety of injuries and pain in the back and other regions of the body is car accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were almost 6.3 million traffic crashes reported to local police departments across in the country in 2015, with more than 2.4 million injuries reported as a result. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report shows that Americans spend upwards of one million days in the hospital every year from auto injuries. While injuries from car crashes can vary in pain levels and severity, any degree of pain makes daily activities hard to perform. Below are some of the most common types of auto-related injuries, their associated symptoms, and the treatments that can help those inured heal and reduce pain.

Neck Injuries

Neck injuries are the most common injuries sustained in car accidents which often affect the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) in the neck and down into the shoulders. The force of a car accident rapidly jars the body which causes the neck to move back-and-forth or side-to-side in a sudden whipping motion. While whiplash typically occurs during rear-end accidents, it is also caused by frontal or side impacts, too, and with speeds as low as five to ten miles per hour. The symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, neck stiffness which limits movement, neck instability that can make it difficult to hold up the head without additional support like a neck brace, and headaches that vary in severity, with radiating pain that enters the shoulders and/or upper back. Other symptoms include numbness or tingling which radiates down into the arm and shoulder, possible dizziness, fatigue, and worsening pain when moving the head to the left, right, front, and back. For those who sustain injuries in a car accident, no matter how minor they may seem at first, it’s best to contact a local chiropractor. Massage therapy also helps ease neck pain and improve function. For at-home care, using a topical pain relieving cream like Topricin® can reduce pain and inflammation, especially when used in conjunction with ice, hydration, and gentle stretching.   

Back Injuries

As already mentioned, whiplash in the neck also affects the muscles in the shoulders and upper back. There are many soft tissues, bones, and vertebrae in the back that are easily injured in car accident, too. Auto accidents often cause upper, middle, and lower back muscle strains. Injuries to the hips, pelvis, sacrum, and intercostal muscles of the ribs are also quite common, which pull the spine out of alignment. More significant injuries from the force of the accident may impact the spinal column, which can cause painful disc injuries that trigger excruciating nerve pain. Disc herniations, particularly in the lower back, are one of the most common back injuries caused by car accidents. A herniated disc is when the soft center of the spinal disc pushes through an opening in the tougher spinal exterior casing which can irritate nearby nerves. The common symptoms of disc herniations include mild to excruciating pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the legs and feet, limited movement, decreases mobility, and radiating pain that may run along the sciatic nerve that begins in the lumbar spine and runs down the glutes into the the back of the legs. Chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, and physical therapy are some of the best treatments for auto-related back injuries. For care at home, use a homeopathic cream such as Topricin® Pain Relief Cream to reduce pain and alleviate inflammation.


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Injuries to Extremities

Much like the force that leads to whiplash, arms and legs can also be whipped about during an car accident. There is not a whole lot of wiggle room in most vehicles, especially for leg movement while riding in an upright seated position. Therefore, both a driver’s and front passenger’s knees can hit the hard surface of the dashboard, and for those riding in the back, their knees can be jammed into the back of a seat. In the case of a side collision, legs and arms often slam hard against the door or other passengers. The powerful force of an accident, even one at speeds as low as five or ten miles an hour, can still cause injury to arms, hands, legs, and feet. Symptoms for extremity injuries include muscle pain and soreness, joint stiffness, swelling and inflammation, limited range of motion and function, bruises, sprains, strains, and in the most severe cases, broken bones. Even if an extremity injury seems minor at first, symptoms can take several days to manifest. For these injuries, it’s best to seek chiropractic care or physical therapy immediately. For at-home care, use the RICE Method, which consists of rest, ice, compression, and elevation, while implementing the use of Topricin® Pain Relief Cream. For foot injuries, try Topricin® foot Pain Relief Cream to relieve pain and swelling.

Chest and Torso Injuries

These injuries are quite common because both drivers and front seat passengers are positioned behind the hard surfaces of steering wheels and dashboards. Car accidents often cause chest and torso injuries as a result of hitting these hard surfaces, and can even be caused by the seat belt or airbag deploying. Chest injuries usually manifest in the form of muscle strain, bruises or contusions to the sternum and/or ribs, and across the abdomen where the lap belt sits. The more severe chest and torso injuries include fractured ribs or internal injuries. Symptoms usually include sharp, shooting pain, trouble breathing, trouble taking deep breaths, and pain that gets worse with laughing, coughing, or when pressure is applied to the injured area. Muscle strain causes a mild to moderate aching in the chest, shoulders, and sometimes into the front and sides of the neck, which may sometimes seem unsubstantial, yet should still be examined and treated. Treatments include chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, and acupuncture, and the use of ice, Topricin® Pain Relief Cream, rest, and gentle stretching.  

We at Topical BioMedics hope you never have to suffer an auto-related injury, but if you do, you can rely on Topricin® Pain Relief Cream to ease muscle pain, relieve stiffness, and reduce swelling. Shop our huge selection of homeopathic pain relief creams that come in variety of sizes, and check out our accessories that make applying topical cream easy.

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