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What are possible injuries when in a car accident and not wearing a seat belt?

What are possible injuries when in a car accident and not wearing a seat belt?

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. ...Read more

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I have repeated an injury to right side below rib cage after awkward leaning to do up seat belt ( at christmas ) . Yesterday bending down from chair .

I have repeated an injury to right side below rib cage after awkward leaning to do up seat belt ( at christmas ) . Yesterday bending down from chair .

Time for exam?: It may be time to have your doctor examine the area - you may need physical therapy to help heal the area so it won't happen again. Remember, we don't heal as fast as we did at age 18 - unfortunately. ...Read more

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What to do if I have just swapped cars and What to do if I have a lap belt in the middle however What to do if I have 3 children under 4 in car seats. can I get a car seat to fit a lap belt?

What to do if I have just swapped cars and What to do if I have a lap belt in the middle however What to do if I have 3 children under 4 in car seats. can I get a car seat to fit a lap belt?

Maybe,maybe not: First, read the car owners manual and see if that middle seat can be used with a safety seat, some cannot.Some seats have a narrower profile than others and might fit, but you may need to place the oldest kid in the passenger front if the airbag can be turned off.The vehicle you use should be the one that accommodates the passengers you must carry in the safest method possible. ...Read more

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How can I get my son to use seat belts in the car?

How can I get my son to use seat belts in the car?

Persistence : Children often will challenge family rules and guidelines. Simply not driving the car while he is unbuckled or after he undoes his buckle/car seat can be very effective. Some children are particularly adept at 'escaping' from car seats/seat belts. Simply pull over, calmly ask the child to get back in, and check to ensure everything is snug. Staying calm, but firm takes the 'sport' out of it. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident about a month ago. When the impact hit my seat belt cut into my chest. I'm still having chest pain when I move. Is this normal?

See doc: Sounds likely expected- you can cause various intercostal muscle tares, rib "bruising", fractures etc some of which may not readily show up on radiologic studies. As it is primarily with movement it is most likely musculoskeletal in origin, an so will improve with time and anti inflammatory meds like motrin, but you should see your doc to be safe.There are always oddities that doc may need to see. ...Read more

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I was recently informed that I have retrolisthesis disk displacement in my l 2, 3, 4 and 5. How bad is this injury? I was in a bad vehicle accident 6 weeks ago and i wasn't wearing a seat belt, I have never had back problems before the accident.

This : This depends on the amount, location and type of pain, numbness, weakness or other neurological problems you have and your age. These changes are more common in older people. I would recommend seeing a spine pain specialist for assessment and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had minor accident(car hit pole). I was wearing my seat belt, felt shock on my chest, back. Chest pain decreasing. Back pain same more or less. Advice.

If you were not: Checked out medically after this trauma and have on-going concerns - the most prudent course of action is medical evaluation. ...Read more

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How long should my chest be extremely sore from seat belt after a car accident?

How long should my chest be extremely sore from seat belt after a car accident?

Ouch: This is variable - could be several days for some or several weeks for others. It depends on the force and your body's muscle mass/tone. The bigger issue is if you have trouble breathing or sharp chest pains, this could indicate internal injury. If so, would talk to your doc about getting a chest x-ray tomorrow am or go to an er. Otherwise, anti inflammatories like Ibuprofen will help muscle pain. ...Read more

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