Common Injuries in Vehicle Accidents

Common Injuries in Vehicle Accidents

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There are few events more potentially dangerous to humans than vehicle accidents. When these large, heavy, and fast moving pieces of steel and other strong materials collide with each other or other very hard stationary objects, the result is often devastating injuries for the occupants.  Unfortunately vehicle accidents occur nearly every minute of every day in the US and as a result there are thousands of injured and dozens killed. It is true that most vehicle accidents do not result in catastrophic injury, but it is also true that often occupants walk or limp away from an accident thinking they are fine only to discover later that they did in fact receive significant injuries to the spine, head or internal organs. This is why spine specialists like Dr. Joseph Yazdi warn that anyone involved in a vehicle accident needs to be examined by a physician to see if he or she has sustained one of these types of injuries:

Soft tissue injuries

These injuries of the tendons, ligaments and muscles, are the most common in vehicle accidents. They include tears, sprains, strains and general soreness. Whiplash is the most common named injury which generally occurs in rear-end and sudden impact collisions causing the occupant to have his neck jerked suddenly. Whiplash symptoms include: neck pain, stiffness, headache, burning sensations, shoulder and back pain and dizziness. Soft tissue injuries can often take a substantial amount of time to heal.

Dislocations

Sudden vehicle deceleration is the culprit in many vehicle crash injuries and when there is injury it usually includes dislocations. A dislocation occurs when there is an abnormal separation in the joint, where two or more bones meet. There may be a partial or total dislocation and either will occur due to sudden trauma on the joint when a body part makes an impact with a part of the vehicle. They can occur in any joint and can cause damage to the surrounding ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. Dislocations can be serious injuries that can involve the spine.

 Internal Injuries

Can occur to the bowels, kidneys, the spleen, liver, lungs, heart or aorta. They are common in in serious vehicle accidents where the vehicle decelerates quickly. Another common occurrence is fractured ribs causing punctured lungs and other internal organs. The challenge with these types of injuries is often the most serious injuries have the smallest amount of pain or discomfort. So, in the event of a serious accident it is imperative that the occupants be taken to a hospital for a full diagnosis of any injuries by a medical professional.

Broken bones

Vehicle accidents are breeding ground for broken bones. Typical breaks can vary from cracked ribs to more serious ones that may require surgery, physical therapy, and long-term recovery. If there is rolling or compacting of the vehicle, there is a higher likelihood of broken bones and in many cases if the breaks are severe, they can lead to permanent loss of function.

Top Tips to Help You Stick to Your Diet

Top Tips to Help You Stick to Your Diet

With summer just around the corner I have no doubt that there are many of you out there who are just about to start, or have already got underway with a new diet to shift the final few pounds before that big summer vacation.

As someone who has done more diets that has had hot meals, I can understand the process which you are going through. You start off full of beans, making plans on paper for your new, healthy life. Week one goes great and you feel amazing then week two comes around and you start to regress, accepting that this may just be your body type. If sticking to a diet is something that you find difficult then here are some tips to help you to stay on track.

Buddy Up

One of the best ways that I have found of losing weight and sticking to my plan is to do it with a friend. What happens when you involve a friend in your weight loss plan is that you are giving yourself, and your friend accountability and as such, you are far less likely to fail. For example, call your friend each meal time, let them know what you are eating, if you feel like cheating, give them a call and they can talk you out of it. Involving someone else who wants the same as you will mean that you are not just letting yourself down if you give up, you are letting them down too.

Small Steps

If you want to put together a 12 week plan then there is nothing wrong with that, as long as you have built into the plan a lot of small goals. The idea of dieting is to achieve something and if you don’t feel as though you are actually achieving anything, then you are more likely to give up. Set yourself challenges at the gym, weight loss targets and food challenges and then give yourself a small reward each time you accomplish your goal. Ensure that you don’t reward yourself with fatty foods, that would be counterproductive, perhaps a new gadget or item of clothing to pat yourself on the back.

Use Technology

There are loads of great apps on the market where you can load in your diet plan, update your meals and it will also give you motivational alerts just when you need them. Having a diet app is like having an angel on your shoulder to keep you going whenever you feel weak and it is also a great way to track your meals and your calories. Most apps allow you to place your weight loss goals and even give you  plan for how you can best achieve them.

Losing weight is not easy bit with a strong resolve, a bit of hard work and a conscious mind, you’ll find that you will be able to do it in no time at all.