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4 Car Accident Injuries You Should Look Out For

4 Car Accident Injuries You Should Look Out For


4 car accident injuries to look out forThese 4 Common Car Accident Injuries Just  Happen to be the Most Serious

ONE: Concussion - Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Car accidents are a common cause of head injuries. Surprisingly, you do not need to actually hit your head to suffer a brain injury. The sudden jolt of being struck can cause the brain to bump into the inner skull walls causing damage to sensitive nerves and causing a serious of chemical reactions to occur that cause your brain to malfunction. Most concussions are missed by emergency room doctors or general physicians and chiropractors. And when you have a concussion your thinking and senses are not very accurate so you may not be aware that you are injured. Concussions may be very mild and resolve in days or weeks. More moderate injuries may persist for a couple of months. Symptoms lasting 90 days or longer are considered "Post-Concussion Syndrome" or "PCS." PCS can cause problems with concentration, focus, learning, speaking, calculating, spelling, memory and more cognitive issues. Brain injuries can also alter your personality and make you less outgoing, feel sadness, anxiety, frustration and anger. Concussions can also cause headaches, visual disturbances, dizziness, lack of balance and coordination and problems sleeping at night while feeling drowsy during the day.

Suspect a concussion if:

You've had an accident and you are experiencing a headache, sleepiness, dizziness, blurry vision, foggy headed sensation, difficulty thinking or remembering, feeling tongue tied, or feeling agitated, angry or excessively sad.

TWO: Disc Injury

The fibro-cartilage spacers and shock absorbers between your spinal bones or vertebrae are called "intervertebral discs," "IVD" or just "discs." The sudden force of a car accident causes your spine to move in abnormal ways. The result is your discs can become torn causing weakness in the wall of the disc allowing the central gel-like nucleus to push through to the outside. This can cause chemicals to leak out and cause chemical nerve irritation. The disc may also herniate and mechanically push on the nerve or spinal cord causing compressive nerve irritation. In both cases you are likely to experience pain in the neck or back with numbness and/or tingling and/or shooting pains down your arms or legs. Your disc may become injured, but not necessarily herniate enough to push on a nerve or leak chemicals. The disc itself has it's own nerve supply and if they become injured they will cause pain in the neck or back (but not send pain into the arms or legs) Once a disc is injured it is permanently altered and will never function the same again. Arthritis will set in within a short time after a disc is injured making this a serious injury.

Suspect a disc injury if:

You have an accident and you feel numbness, tingling, burning, electric or shooting pains into your arms and hands or legs and feet. Referred arm or leg pain that is aggravated by coughing, sneezing, taking a bowel movement and/or bending forward. Weakness in the upper or lower extremities without any pain at all is a sign of a serious disc problem.


THREE: Upper Cervical Ligament Damage

The upper most part of the neck or cervical spine consists of the bottom of the skull that rests on a ring-like bone (the Atlas, first cervical vertebrae or C1). The C1 bone pivots around a post that sticks up from the second neck bone known as the Axis or C2. More than half of your ability to turn your head relies on the upper cervical spine. To keep these 3 structures in the correct place and moving normally, a series of ligaments are strategically placed in and around the bones. When damaged, the stability of the upper neck bones is lost in one or more directions and excessive motion occurs. Like any ligament injury, once it occurs it is permanent and the instability is permanent and leads to arthritis soon after.

Suspect upper cervical ligament damage if:

You've had an accident and you feel a "clunking" sensation just under the skull when you move your neck in certain directions and you can repeat it.

FOUR: Alteration of Motion Segment Integrity (AOMSI)

The spinal bones have "longitudinal ligaments" running up the front (anterior) and back (posterior) that prevent the spine from sliding around when you bend forward and backward. The extreme forces of a car accident (even in supposed low speed crashes) can cause the ligaments to stretch and tear. The resultant ligaments are no longer able to check motion in the spine and the bones are allowed to move too much. This instability is permanent and is a serious injury as it leads to arthritis. According to guidelines on permanent impairment, an AOMSI injury is approximately equal in severity to an amputated limb.

Suspect an AOMSI injury if:

You've had an accident and you feel a clicking or clunking sensation in the middle to lower area of your neck or lower back when you bend forwards and backwards.

These 4 Common Car Accident Injuries Are Serious Injuries that Require Immediate Attention by a Car Accident Treatment Specialist.

There are various methods to locate these injuries, unfortunately the typical generalist doctor or chiropractor has little knowledge in this area and may be unable to properly diagnose, document and treat these conditions.

If You Suspect You Have One of More of these Injuries, Call Dr. Marks' Office at (714) 938-0575 for an Immediate Evaluation at No Cost to You. You simply cannot afford to let one of these serious injuries go undetected.


Car Accident Injury in Orange County

Car Accident Injuries in Orange County, California

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Facts About Car Accident Injuries That May Surprise You

  • Injuries sustained in automobile accidents are very different than from any other cause
  • Car crashes involve a sudden jolt to the spine that causes damage
  • Slow speed crashes (less than 10 mph) are the most likely accidents to cause injury
  • Concussions are very common in rear and side impact collisions, even when the head does not strike anything
  • Most doctors have no training in assessing bodily damage from a  car crash or in treating them and often make incorrect diagnoses and provide substandard care

The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

  • Stretching and tearing of the facet joint ligaments and joint linings
  • Stretching and tearing of the ligaments along the front and back of the spine
  • Stretching and tearing of the intervertebral discs
  • Stretching and tearing of the muscles of the spine
  • Stretching and irritation of the nerves in the neck
  • Compression and swelling of the brain

What You Should Do After a Car Accident Injury:

  • Report your injury to the insurance company
  • Seek evaluation and treatment with a doctor specializing in car accident trauma
  • Follow your specialists advice and treatment
  • Seek a consultation with a personal injury attorney if you do not feel comfortable handling the case yourself (Your doctor will make a referral for you)
  • Keep a journal of how you feel daily. Make notes about all the activities you can no longer do and the ones that you still do but that cause pain.
  • Keep all expense receipts, lost time from work, missed classes, etc

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Surprising Car Accident Injury Study


Japanese Car Accident Whiplash Study Reveals Shocking Data

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A 2001 study by Hijioka, Narusawa and Nakamura in Archives of Orthopedic Trauma Surgery  looked at 400 auto accident victims of varying ages and levels of vehicle damage and compared treatment duration.


The researchers excluded any accident victims with nerve or bone damage concluding that those injuries are not considered "whiplash" per se but are injuries that happen to occur from car accident trauma. Apparently to the authors a whiplash injury is simply a muscle and ligament injury, contrary to what whiplash researchers here believe. This removes Grade III and Grade IV whiplash injuries from the study, which skews the results. Had those injuries been included, the results would have been much different with even longer treatment times.

Car Damage and Treatment Duration:

What they found may be shocking to some, but for seasoned whiplash practitioners, it validated what we have known for many years: vehicle damage does not equate with bodily injury in a linear fashion. The longest durations of care were highest for two main groups: crashes that involved no damage at all to the bumper and crashes where one half of the car was damaged (rear bumper, trunk lid and either fender damage or frontal damage). The "no damage" category had the highest total treatment times, while the victims with completely destroyed cars had the shortest treatment duration. This emphasizes what crash experts have long said; a crash that involves no crumpling allows kinetic energy to travel through the vehicle and into the occupant causing injury. Heavy crashes involve much vehicle crumpling and destruction which absorbs or bleeds off kinetic energy and less is transmitted to the occupant.

Occupant Age and Treatment Duration:

Victims below 20 years of age fared the best with the lowest treatment duration. The worst group was the above 70 victims whose worn and stiff spines cause them to suffer more injury and take longer to heal. In the middle was the 30-40 and 50-60 range who were approximately the same.

Because of this study, we now have a set of risk factors that can explain treatment duration after an accident. The highest risk for prolonged whiplash treatment are:

  • No vehicle damage
  • One half of car damaged
  • Age >70
  • Age 30-60

Car accident injuries are complex and in some aspects confounding. For this reason, reviewing treatment durations requires taking into account the aforementioned risk factors.


What is Whiplash?

Car Accident Chiropractor Explains What Whiplash Is

Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor, car accident whiplash specialist in Orange County, California.

A sudden jerk of the neck, like when your car gets hit by another car, can cause an injury that many people call "whiplash." The term whiplash has been used so much and is so common in our vernacular that doctors now use the term to describe injuries after a car accident.  When a car is struck from behind, the quick jolt to the neck causes the spine to deform, straining and tearing the supporting ligaments of the neck or back. If the jolt is hard enough, it can cause discs, the joints themselves and even the brain and nerves to be damaged.

Whiplash injuries can range from minimal to severe. The long term affects of whiplash has been studied extensively and researchers indicate that approximately 40% of rear-impact whiplash injuries result in chronic long-term pain, known as "late whiplash." Late whiplash occurs when damage has occurred to the facet joints or discs of the neck.

A car accident doctor specializing in whiplash injuries is well versed in uncovering bodily injury caused by automobile accidents and can determine the severity of a whiplash injury on the initial examination using objective guidelines. Knowing the severity or grade of injury can determine how long treatment will take and what the prospects for full recovery are.

If you've suffered a car accident whiplash injury, consult a car accident chiropractor in your area.

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Dr. Barry Marks
1745 W Orangewood Ave #114
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 938-0575