An adult human spine typically consists of 26 moveable segments: seven cervical vertebras, twelve thoracic vertebras, five lumbar vertebras, one sacrum, and one coccyx (tailbone). Intervertebral d ...View Article
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Posted on 04-25-2017
While the severity of chest injuries resulting from car accidents has been greatly reduced by the standard placement of airbags in dashboards and steering wheels, broken ribs, broken breast bones and other chest injuries can still occur from a car accident. Depending upon the severity of these injuries, organs may also be damaged by the collision. For these reasons, it is essential to seek medical treatment following a car accident, as some internal injuries may not be immediately noticed and early treatment of these injuries is an important part of recovery. In some cases, immediate treatment may be a matter of life or death.
Following a car accident resulting in chest injuries, the treatment program that is right for you will depend upon the type of injuries you have sustained as well as the extent of the injuries. Clearly, if internal bleeding is taking place, this needs to be addressed immediately to prevent further blood loss. If you have sustained broken ribs or a broken breast bone, the treatment plan will likely involve rest and activity restriction. In most cases, these injuries will heal in 6 to 12 weeks. During the healing process, you can take medication to help control the pain.
In more severe cases where the bones are moved out of place or where you have difficulty breathing, a surgical repair may be necessary. If you need continued ventilator support or if the pain is severe, surgical repair may also be necessary. During this process, bone fragments may also be removed while the remaining pieces are joined with plates or wires.
To learn more about treatment options for car accident chest injuries, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab.
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