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Common Auto Accident Injuries Your Doctor and Cherry Creek Wellness Center Will Help With

January 31, 2019

Traffic accidents and fatalities in Colorado have been on the rise. Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Colorado has seen an increase of more than 39 percent since 2009. While more accidents happen in urban settings, all drivers in all areas need to be cautious. These traffic safety performance (core outcome) measures for Colorado show that speeding, intoxicated driving, large truck incidents, center lane crossing, and motorcycle collisions are some of the leading causes of crashes. Learn more about the common types of accidents and how you can work with your physician and Cherry Creek wellness center to recovery. 

Broken Bones

The force an impact of an accident can lead to broken bones by anyone involved. Accidents can cause the body to move and confirm in unnatural ways, creating for a painful fracture. Some of the leading types of broken bones in car crashes include: 
  • Arm
  • Back
  • Collar bone
  • Face
  • Femur
  • Hip
  • Legs
  • Pelvic
  • Neck
  • Ribs
  • Skull
  • Spine
  • Wrist

When bones break, they can break in a variety of ways. One of the most painful types of breaks is compound fractures, which is when the bones snap and cut through the skin. Next are transverse fractures, when a bone splits in two, lengthwise. In some cases, a person can experience a comminuted fracture, where a bone breaks in at least three locations. However, fractures aren’t always clean splits. People can suffer from a stress fracture, which is just a small hairline fracture. While not as severe, stress fractures can still be painful. 

An x-ray from your local hospital, doctor or urgent care will help you determine if you have broken a bone in a car accident. Some cases it is evident there is a break, but in other cases, a person may just experience pain, bruising and swelling. Physical therapy is one of the best ways you can complement instructions from your physician for a speedy recovery. They will help you gradually make improvements, become more flexible, and gain mobility. 


When a person experiences a blow to the head in any form, the brain can move. This occurrence can change the shape of the brain, which can also change the brain cells. While this sounds serious, and they are, concussions are not usually deadly. But without proper care, they can negatively impact someone’s life. 

To see if a person has a concussion, a doctor will review the patient to look for glazing of the eyes, confusion, brain fog or memory loss, balance issues, tinnitus, nausea, and more.  Physical therapy will help with balance issues and create a customized plan to get back to normal day-to-day activities safely.

Internal Bleeding

You may have realized that not all injuries from car accidents can be seen. One of those types of injuries is internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can occur when blood vessels internally tear or collapse due to forced motions. It can also happen when something goes into the skin, causing busted blood vessels internally. 

Internal bleeding can happen anywhere in the body, commonly found in the head, heart, lungs or abdomen. A person may feel dizzy, experience headaches or seizures, lose consciousness faint or feel pain and swelling in the area. Because internal bleeding can be so dangerous, it important to see a physician after a car crash. They will be able to determine if there is any internal bleeding and handle the situation quickly. 

Many do not realize that a physical therapist will help a person with an internal bleeding injury. In addition to following your treatment plan from your physician, physical therapy will help ensure you recover safely. 

Muscle Strains

The force of a car crash can cause muscles to stretch or tear, also known as a strain. They can be incredibly sore, swell up, bruise, and are hard to move. Some experience spasms or a deformity in the area the strain occurred. It happens due to forced movement in the area without proper time to relax or move naturally. The ligaments in an area can also tear, which is the connective tissue.

For a speedy recovery, a physical therapist will use hot or cold therapy to help reduce swelling and help with blood flow. Compression and massage therapy will also help to reduce swelling and help with blood flow, and other natural healing processes. 

Spinal Cord Issues

A spinal cord injury can be a complete injury or incomplete. A complete injury is one that causes a person not to be able to feel or move. An incomplete injury means a person has some range of movement and range of motion, but not complete. It happens because the spinal cord itself or the nerves at the end of it become damaged. As a result, a person may develop quadriplegia, where a person can move some parts of their body, but other areas, such as the legs, can no longer move. A person may develop paraplegia, ultimately losing the ability to move. 

Physical therapists use rehabilitation therapy to help a person with some ability to move to improve their strength and range of motion. 


One of the most common injuries in car accidents is whiplash. It happens when an impact causes the neck to whip back, then forward. Symptoms do not occur right away but can take a day to start settling in. A person can experience pain or stiffness in the neck, the inability to move, headaches, tingling, balance issues, blurry vision, tinnitus and more. A doctor will evaluate to confirm the injury is indeed whiplash and not a strain or break. 

A physical therapist will work in a variety of ways to relax tension and help you regain motion. This can include specialized massage therapy services in Denver, hot or cold therapy, and exercises.  

Cherry Creek Wellness Center will help ensure you have a speedy and successful recovery after a car accident. Our post-accident rehabilitation techniques will help you feel better and make sure you do not re-injure yourself. Call us today at 303-333-3493 to schedule your first appointment.