One of the leading causes of broken bones is involvement in a car accident, simply because during collision your body absorbs a tremendous amount of impact. Your bones absorb that impact, and if the amount of force is too much for your bone to absorb and redistribute, then it breaks.
What is the Difference Between a Break and a Fracture?
There is no difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone. Any time a bone loses integrity- whether it’s a small crack or the bone is completely snapped- the bone is considered fractured or broken.
What Bones Can You Break in a Car Accident?
Depending on the type of accident, the type and force of the impact, and your position in the car, you can break any bone in your body. However, some broken bones are more common in car accidents than others. The most common broken bones are:
How are Bones Broken in a Car Accident?
Because of the way your body absorbs the impact of the collision, there are many ways you can break bones during an accident.
What Happens Immediately After A Bone Breaks?
After being in a car crash, you will likely know that you have a broken or fractured bone right away. One of the hallmarks of a broken bone is intense amounts of pain in a localized area. Along with severe pain, here are some signs that you may have a broken bone:
If you are involved in a serious accident, you may have more than one break.
What Do You Do If You Break a Bone in a Car Accident?
You should always seek medical attention after being in a collision, even if you don’t think you are injured. During a car crash, your body produces a massive surge of adrenaline which can keep you from feeling any pain or injuries you might have sustained – even serious ones like broken bones.
Are Broken Bones an Emergency?
If you think you have a broken bone or fracture after an accident, it’s even more important to go to a hospital because fractured or broken bones won’t heal properly without medical intervention. The first thing your doctor will do is take an x-ray to identify the type and severity of fracture and where it’s located. From there, they’ll determine your best treatment options.
The average healing time for a broken bone is 6-8 weeks, depending on the severity of the break and which bone was affected. During that time, you’ll have to limit your movement of that body part, as well as adjust to temporarily having limited mobility. You may need to take time off of work as well as get assistance with daily chores and activities, because the affected bone needs to remain completely immobile and stabilized.
Hospitals Near You
Depending on where you are in the Valley, here’s a list of some hospitals that may be close to you.
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