Motor Vehicle Injury

Motor Vehicle Injury (MVI)

Vehicle accidents can cause any number of different injuries, to virtually any part of your body, depending on the circumstances of the crash and the severity of the impact. These are the most common car accident injuries.

Brain and Head Injuries - In a car accident, one of the most common injuries suffered by drivers and passengers is a closed head injury, which can range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even when there is no physical sign of trauma (i.e. cuts or bruises), the brain is at risk of being jostled inside the skull because of the impact of a car crash, so that bruising and other injuries can result.  

Neck Injuries - Another common form of injury from a car accident is neck injuries, which can occur in more mild forms such as whiplash and neck strain, but also as more serious injuries like cervical radiculopathy and disc injury.

Back Injuries - The impact of a car accident and the resulting torque on the bodies of drivers and passengers can causeback injuries such as a sprain, strain, fracture, disc injury, thoracic spine injury, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar spine injury. Like neck injuries, sometimes the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take some time to show up after an accident, and just as often a back injury can cause long lasting pain and discomfort.  

Face Injuries - In a car accident, injuries to the face can be caused by almost anything -- including a steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass. These injuries range in severity from scrapes and bruises, to laceration and fractures, even Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (TMJ) and serious dental injuries.

Spinal cord injury (SCI)

The spinal cord and its nerve pathways carry information from the brain to all areas of our bodies. It is made up of three regions, each with distinct responsibilities:

Cervical spine: extends from the base of the skull to shoulder level and made up of seven cervical bones or vertebrae. Its main responsibility is for flexion, extension, bending and turning of the head and it contains the cervical nerves that supply movement and feeling to the arms, neck, upper trunk and diaphragm.

Thoracic spine: attaches to the ribs in the chest region and made up of twelve vertebrae. The spinal canal in this region is smaller than the cervical or lumbar areas, making it more at risk if there is a fracture. Its main responsibility is rotation and it contains the thoracic nerves that supply movement and feeling to the trunk and abdomen.

Lumbosacral spine: extends from the waistline down the lower back to the base of the spine. Its main responsibility is bending forward and backward as well as side-to-side and it contains the lumbar and sacral nerves that supply movement and feeling to the legs, bladder, bowel and sexual organs.

With each region of the spine responsible for different functions, the type of spinal cord injury (SCI) depends on which region is injured and the severity of the injury:

1) Complete SCI is damage to the spinal cord that results in complete and usually permanent loss of function below the level of the injury.

2) Incomplete SCI is damage to the spinal cord that is partial; some motor and sensory functions remain so there may be some feeling but little movement, or some movement and little feeling. The effect on functioning depends on the area of the cord injured. The degree of loss varies because the amount of damage differs from person to person.

3) Paralysis due to SCI is the inability to move or feel because of injury or disease to the spinal cord. Degree of paralysis depends on where the spinal cord is injured and the severity of the injury (e. g., partial or total paralysis of the arms and legs). For instance, paraplegia is impairment or loss of movement or feeling in the thoracic, lumbar or sacral (but not cervical) segments of the spinal cord, whereas tetraplegia is paralysis of the four limbs due to cervical (neck) injuries and hemiplegia, also known as Brown-Sequard Syndrome, is paralysis to a side of the body. It is usually caused by injury to the spine in the region of the neck or back. For instance, hemiplegia may be the result of acquired brain injury or stroke if one side of the spinal cord is damaged but not completely severed.

Common shoulder injuries

Unlike most other joints in the body that only need to flex and extend, the shoulder needs to move in multiple directions. While this adds mobility, it makes the shoulder less stable -- what the shoulder joint gives up in stability, it provides in facilitating mobility. The inherently unstable nature of the shoulder makes it an obvious candidate as one of the most common types of MVA injuries.

Technically, the shoulder joint is where the upper arm bone -- called the humerus -- attaches to the shoulder blade -- called the scapula -- and the collar bone -- called the clavicle. The shoulder refers to the group of structures in the region of the joint including muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. If you have the following symptoms, a shoulder injury may be present:

1)  poor posture and sharp pain with movement greater than 90 degrees; may be due to impingement syndrome, which occurs when the soft tissue becomes trapped, causing the loss of the mechanism's gliding action.

2) limited range of motion sometimes accompanied by pain and sometimes without pain; may be due to a rotator cuff tear, which occurs when the muscles partially and/or completely tear because of trauma or, over time, the muscles can degenerate.

3)General pain, tender to the touch and only limited, painful movement; may be due to tendonitis, which occurs when the tendons attached to the shoulder become inflamed because of trauma or repetitive muscle strain.

4)Immediate, severe pain that can extend down the arm (mimicking a WAD III injury) with the inability to move the arm and the shoulder visibly displaced; may be due to shoulder dislocation, which occurs when the upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket that is part of the shoulder blade caused by trauma to the shoulder joint.

Do not loose hope, no matter many professionals / MD's have dared to say your situation is incurable.

If you have a problem that has not gone away after all the treatments you have taken, do not give up because even though the problem is bearable internally it is compromising your major body functions and as your body ages this problem can magnify and cause major problems in future.

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