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A 35-year-old member asked:

i was wondering what are some specific injuries for car accident victims who are in critical condition?

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Main ones would be: Those involving the head, chest, abdomen/pelvis or the spine, along with extremities injuries. All sorts of combinations occur. Bleeding excessively, from any one or multiple injuries can, by itself, be critical. The treatment in the first 24-48 hrs is vital for a good outcome, specifically the golden hour, ie, the 1st hour.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

In a car accident how often are injuries caused by the air bag?

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Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
Minor ones common: Very minor ones are common. These include eye irritation, minor flash burns, and sometimes finger fractures if the steering wheel is not being held properly (8 and 4 o'clock preferred). All are easily managed. Serious injuries are rare. However, injuries that occur without an airbag (brain, face, neck) can be devastating, so make sure your airbag is activated if appropriate for your weight.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What injuries can be received aa result of a car accident?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: That depends on the severity of the car accident. Things like speed, type of vehicle, use of seatbelts, airbag, location of impact all affect the injuries. Any part of the body can be injuried in car accidents, depending on circumstances. The injuries range from none, to minor, to major to life-treatening or fatal.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How long could it take for injuries from a car accident to show up?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Depends on the injur: .Some injuries may show up immidiately like cuts, fractures, bruices, injuries related to seat belts, concussions, intraabdominal injuries, crush injuries whiplash injuries and sprains may show a day or two after the accident if you did not have seat belts on or in the back seat the impact of the accident may cause severe internal injuries and need to be checked as soon as possible.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Are there specific injuries for car accident victims who are in critical condition?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Numerous: Any number of injuries could be considered critical for someone who has been in a car accident - for example, head/brain injury, open and/or multiple fractures, heart and/or lung injury, intra-abdominal injury.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

My C3 & C4 are fused together due to injury in a car accident. What should I do to set it right?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
Preserve motion : Needless to say, try to avoid getting injured again. This takes a consciousness effort which is not always effective. Discuss your scenario with your spine surgeon or doctor as every case is different. One thing you definitely want to do is engage in appropriate rehabilitative physical therapy and exercise to help preserve and increase motion. The odds are on your side.

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