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Motor vehicle accidents

Motor vehicle accidents can cause a range of injuries and symptoms requiring medical treatment. Survivors of motor vehicle accidents should seek medical attention as soon as possible to avoid complications that could lead to serious illness.

Common Injuries From Motor Vehicle Accidents

A motor vehicle accident could cause the following injuries:

  • Whiplash

  • Scrapes

  • Cuts

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  • Concussion

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)

  • Brain damage

  • Muscle strains and sprains

  • Bruises

  • Broken ribs and other fractures

  • Seatbelt rash

  • Internal bleeding

  • Tissue damage

  • Scarring and disfigurement

  • Loss of limbs

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  • Paralysis

  • Emotional trauma leading to depression, anxiety, and PTSD

  • Burns

  • Tooth loss

  • Tinnitus

  • Ruptured disc

  • Slipped or herniated disc

  • Pinched nerve

Symptoms From Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents could cause many symptoms, including:

  • Reduced range of motion

  • Numbness

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  • Weakness

  • Tingling or pins and needles sensation

  • Swelling

  • Temporary and chronic pain

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Headaches

  • Vision problems

  • Blood in the urine

  • Racing pulse

  • Fever

  • Shallow vision

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Difficulty with memory

  • Sleep difficulties

  • Post-traumatic stress

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Loss of feeling and touch

  • Muscle spasms

Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents

Car accidents may be caused by reckless driving, intoxicated driving, distracted driving, poor driving conditions, and fatigue. These causes may include:

  • Failure to stop at a stop sign

  • Driving the wrong way on a one-way street

  • Texting while driving

  • Distractions, such as eating breakfast, changing radio stations, and attending virtual meetings while driving

  • Intoxication with alcohol and legal or illegal drugs

  • Poor weather conditions, such as fog, snow, rain, hail, sleet, and black ice

Treatment Options

The right treatment for survivors of motor vehicle accidents will depend on the severity of their symptoms and their unique condition. At Central Nevada Regional Care, patients may be treated with joint and soft tissue injections, pain management therapy, and occupational medicine.

Joint and soft tissue injections may help alleviate pain from soft tissue injuries. Injections offered at Central Nevada Regional Care include epidural injections, piriformis injections, sacroiliac joint injections, and trigger point injections.

Pain management therapy may encompass a range of treatments, such as hot and cold therapy, massage, acupuncture, cognitive behavior therapy, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, opioids, antidepressants, and beta-blockers.

Some motor vehicle accidents can cause long-term injury and illness that interferes with daily life and impairs a survivor’s ability to perform job duties. In these cases, occupational medicine could help the patient adjust to the demands of the workplace as they recover from their injuries.

Staff at Central Nevada Regional Care are also trained to help employers adapt the workplace to the limitations of injured employees involved in motor vehicle accidents. Occupational medicine can help both employers and injured employees create a plan that will meet their needs.

Advanced Treatment

Some patients may need advanced treatment to address injuries sustained from a motor vehicle accident. Advanced treatment for fractures, for example, may include chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, and even surgery. Patients are encouraged to speak to their physician at Central Nevada Regional Care to learn more about obtaining advanced treatment for their injuries.


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