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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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Why does pressure (from waistbands, seat belts, deep breaths, etc.) on my abdomen make me queasy?

Why does pressure (from waistbands, seat belts, deep breaths, etc.) on my abdomen make me queasy?

May be IBS, but...: Causes of recurrent lower abdominal discomfort may be identified by first addressing accompanying signs/symptoms so as to localize the organ involved: vaginal discharge or bleeding, alteration in periods, pregnancy risk? Fever, nausea, vomiting, altered stool pattern, blood with stool, tenderness, distension? Painful urination, blood in urine? Recent trauma, herniations? Age? Gender? Risk factors? ...Read more

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Can i be admitted to the hospital because i had something wrong with my colon/bowel area due to the seat belt?

Can i be admitted to the hospital because i had something wrong with my colon/bowel area due to the seat belt?

Maybe: You are admitted to the hospital if your condition or injury warrants it, not because you think it is a good idea. ...Read more

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I was in a car accident. The seat belt made an indention in my chest, leaving the left side numb with no nipple sensation. Will i get feeling again?

I was in a car accident. The seat belt made an indention in my chest, leaving the left side numb with no nipple sensation. Will i get feeling again?

Most likely: You will get the feeling back. Your nerves got compressed by the seat belt, which is not uncommon. Without the seat belt, you could have suffered worse injuries. Heat and cold applications to the affected area may help, but time will heal it and you should not worry. ...Read more

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What to do when my heart pounds quickly without stres under seat belt turned on in a car when i sit at rest? I drive just as a passenger. I'm cardiac.

What to do when my heart pounds quickly without stres under seat belt turned on in a car when i sit at rest? I drive just as a passenger. I'm cardiac.

Seek consultation.: By "cardiac" i assume you have heart disease. Heart pounding without activity can be a sign of a serious heart rhythm problem. I advise you seek medical attention from your cardiologist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Can seat belt injury to throat cause a feeling of something stuck in my throat it showed up about 3 weeks after accident what could it be? Have had xr

Can seat belt injury to throat cause a feeling of something stuck in my throat it showed up about 3 weeks after accident what could it be? Have had xr

Seat belt throat inj: A plain xray may not show soft tissue or cartilage injury. You should see an otolaryngologist for a head and neck examination and a direct look at your vocal cords and surrounding area. Depending on what is seen, additional testing may (or may not) be needed. ...Read more

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I have sudden severe left wrist pain when turning knobs or reaching back for seat belt, etc. Popping sound. tendon seems to "catch." Accutane related?

I have sudden severe left wrist pain when turning knobs or reaching back for seat belt, etc. Popping sound. tendon seems to "catch." Accutane related?

Maybe, maybe not: 1-10% of people can have problems with their muscles or joints on Accutane. However, what you describe can be due to other things as well. Best to call your doc today and ask what the best next step is to sort out the cause. ...Read more