Common Injuries in Car Accidents

  • March 30, 2015
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Car accidents occur daily on Rhode Island and Massachusetts roads. Being involved in a car accident may leave you feeling fine at first, but symptoms can show up weeks later when you least expect them. Here are the most common types of car accident injuries and how you can prevent the pain from controlling your life.


Whiplash occurs when the neck is snapped backward then suddenly snapped forward. This injury is one of the most common injuries in car accidents, especially in fender benders or rear-end collisions.

Whiplash causes ligaments and muscles in your neck to stretch out beyond their normal range of motion, causing the soft tissue to tear or rip. Whiplash symptoms include neck pain, ringing ears, stiffness, headaches, and blurriness. It’s important to visit your orthopedic doctor after an accident even if you feel fine because some symptoms of whiplash may not show up until days after you are injured.

Back Pain

Individuals in accidents may still feel constant back pain even years after an accident. This can be due to a number of spinal conditions. Some of the most common that can cause back pain include sprains, lumbar spine injuries, herniated discs, thoracic spine injuries. Back injuries should not be ignored and failing to seek treatment for your back injury could lead to years of pain or discomfort.

Ligament Damage

Torn ACLs and MCLs are very common in car accidents. Torn leg ligaments are serious injuries, which can lead to lose of range of motion in the ligaments and continuous pain. Damage to ligaments can range from needing to rest to surgery.

Car accidents are frightening and can be life changing events, but there is no reason why a car injury should set you back. If you are experiencing continuous pain after an accident, talk to our experienced orthopedic surgeons and physicians at Blackstone Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. We have the skills to get your life back on track after an accident. Schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Visit our website or call today at 800-725-3037.

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