Treatment & Symptoms: major injuries from car accidents

Treatment & Symptoms: major injuries from car accidents

None should have to experience such tragedies like car accidents. They are a terrifying result of reckless driving. Even a minor car crash can end up doing a lot worse than just scratches. Sometimes people end up getting either mentally or physically affected. Some lose their driving and some end up losing worse. Mental trauma and disorder of emotions are a sure result of car accidents.

But often they cause damage physically, which is hard to notice at first, but symptoms might show up a few days later. The treatment of such injuries like whiplash treatment is very difficult and time-consuming. There are many injuries that a car accident can end up giving. Minor and major both. Let’s first talk about different types of car crash, and then we will discuss the injuries and their treatments and symptoms.

Types of Car accidents

Different types of car crash injuries can happen due to many factors, like over speeding, etc. Here are the different kinds of car crashes.

  • Collisions on Head- They are very deadly and can result in heavy injuries. Injuries that fall under head-on collisions are the brain and head injuries, spinal cord and back injuries, tissue injuries, whiplash, damaged bones & deep cuts.
  • Rear-End accidents- The most common kind of injury gone through in rear-end crashes is Whiplash. Other kinds of injuries of the back and neck are also common.
  • Side impact crashes- These kinds of crashes are the ones that hurt the most. If you are a patient of the side-impact accident, you will be severely hurt. In this crash, you can have a brain and head injuries, back injuries, neck injuries, chest injuries, pelvic injuries, abdominal injuries, limb injuries & soft tissue damages.
  • Fatal Crashes- In all serious car accidents, injuries on head, burns, cuts, and other crushing injuries result in death.
  • SUV Rollover accidents- SUVs have a higher gravity center unlike other kinds of vehicles and are likely to roll in a crash or take a corner at times too hard. In this kind of accident, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, and tissue injuries are more common.
  • Commercial transport crashes and truck accidents- The result may be devastating, due to the size and weight of a heavy vehicle such as a truck striking a smaller personal vehicle. Damage can include head injury, crushing damage, broken bones, injuries to the heart, burns, and exposure to dangerous chemicals dependent on the load of the vehicle.

Head To Toe Accident Injuries

  1. Head or brain injuries

All drivers or passengers in a vehicle can be harmed during an accident due to striking their head on windshield or roof or side window, or other people or steering wheel even. One of a common brain injury is Concussion that occurs by a blow on the head. Concussion forces your brain to bounce around your skull, which causes traumatic injury in the brain.


  • Light brain injury can cause dizziness, mood changes, fatigue, headaches, vomiting and a temporary lack of consciousness.
  • Mediocre brain injury causes a few of the same symptoms. They are more severe and cause extreme anxiety or confusion, or inaudible speech, insufficient coordination, or coldness in fingers. In some further cases, nose or ears may drain fluids.
  • A severe brain injury occurs due to the serious blow on the head or body that needs immediate medical seeking. Symptoms are the same but severe in this case. You might start bleeding or bruising, or even your brain tissues might get torn, which can result in death.


You will need to seek professional health care. The basic treatment for a moderate concussion is bed rest. You will need to restrain from all activities that require your physical assistance. For a treat of severe concussion, you will need to immediately go to a hospital.

  1. Facial injuries

Facial damage includes some face or jaw injuries, varying between breaks to serious injuries. Also handled by a specialist in ear, nose, and throat (ENTs) for facial injuries, include:

  • Skull fractures (cranial fractures), fracture in the cheekbone, and fracture in the jawbone
  • Serious and deep cuts (lacerations)

Hitting an airbag, or another part of the vehicle or a loose object, steering wheel or facial skin, teeth, or the bones below can hurt severely.


Cuts might require stitches. Scrapes will need to be bandaged. If your bone is broken or you are going through other series of facial injuries, you will need surgery immediately.

The recovery of these facial injuries will relay on the seriousness of the injuries.

  1. Neck injury 

During a side impact or rear-end crashes, it is very common to get your neck snapped. Injuries might range from light neck strain to the movement of your bone of the spine.

Anything from a sports injury to a car accident may trigger head, neck and face trauma. If you’ve broken bones or split tissues into any part of your body, it may be necessary to perform surgery to correct the harm, secure your eyes and your ears, and avoid wounds.


Neck strain of a minor condition can be treated by several kinds of pain relievers. But a dislocated spine will require immediate medical assistance or maybe even surgery.

The symptoms of whiplash will last over a few weeks. Full recovery after the surgery might take months.

  1. Rib and collarbone injuries 

During a drive, seatbelt keeps your body secured by holding it in a place. During a crash. Your body can shift its weight and can have a collarbone injury. In major car accidents, even a rib can get severely injured.

Broken or fractured collarbone, in particular in infants, young adults, athletes, is a very serious type of injury. It is best to look for medical advice about the right treatment should you suspect an injury to the collarbone.

Through quick care, a damaged collarbone will regenerate. Further care is needed to maintain the bone in position for a serious clavicular fracture, including surgery to repair the joint.


A broken collarbone can heal alone, usually with special braces pinned down. If the damage is greater, an operation may be necessary.

  1. Spinal cord and back injury

Back and spinal cord damage can be one of the accident’s most devastating. The small disks on your back can be bent or moved out of line as the car quickly changes location under you. You can even get your backbones cracked. This can lead to spinal cord injuries, which often lead to reduced sensation or loss of function in the ends.

Soft tissues, including back muscles and tendons, can be compressed or pushed together with spinal accidents. It may sprain muscles.


With small back discomfort, rest and ice or heat can also be prescribed along with pain relievers. You might want to go to a primary care physician for tests and see a referral to a chiropractor if the discomfort doesn’t go down in a couple of weeks. We have a variety of back pain treatment options.

More serious injuries can require surgery, including spinal cord injury, fractured bones or muscle tears.

  1. Internal Injuries

You will be safe in a car crash with your seatbelt. Nevertheless, the improper wearing of the lap belt will cause internal wounds if you immediately push the belt on your whole-body weight. During the crash, the head, kidneys, liver, spleen, kidney, and intestines can be damaged. Internal damage can lead to inner hemorrhage. Medical attention is needed in that case.


Ice will help for a muscle restrain. If you suspect any internal bleeding, go to the hospital immediately.

Wrapping up 

The injury and diagnosis after an incident can vary as per the nature of the accident and need treatment differently. We have set some overall recovery schedules, but the real recovery depends on injury severity, age and overall health in the patient. Younger patients are likely to respond promptly and recover more quickly.


Nicholas Jansen