According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel…
When should you come in following an injury or auto accident?
As soon as possible! The longer you wait to seek treatment, the more prolonged the recovery process is likely to be.
What if you didn’t suffer any broken bones or serious injury?
Research shows that even low impact accidents at speeds as low as 5 mph can cause bodily injury……and you may not even recognize it at the time. When over a ton of steel and glass slam into you, you are very likely going to be hurt. The only question is how much you’re hurt, not if you’re hurt.
Common Types of Auto Accident Injury
Some of the most common conditions Dr. Larsen sees in our patients who have endured car crashes include:
- Whiplash: a syndrome of neck, head, and shoulder dysfunction secondary to forceful flexion and extension of the neck
- Shoulder dislocation: partial or complete misalignment of the humeral head within the shoulder complex; this often leads to instability and recurring shoulder dislocations
- Rotator cuff strain: the restraining force of a seat belt can cause muscles around the shoulder to become strained and torn, leading to pain and discomfort in the shoulder area
- Brachial plexus strain: a large bundle of nerves pass through your shoulder on their way into the arm, and can easily become overstretched in a traumatic accident; this can lead to numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms
- Sciatica: if a disc tears or is forced out of alignment due to the force of an auto accident, it can compress the sciatic nerve root
- Knee injury: direct contact with the dashboard or other hard surface in a car can lead to bruising, swelling, patellar fracture, patellar dislocation, or “dashboard knee” which can involve torn ligaments inside the knee joint
Our treatments are customized and change as you change. They are never a one-size-fits-all!
On the day of your accident (or as soon as possible thereafter) contact us at (651) 439-2712 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel J. Larsen who has had extensive training with all kinds of injuries.