Motor Vehicle Collision Specialist

Barrington Orthopedic Specialists

Multi-Disciplinary Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Schaumburg, IL

Even a minor car accident is frightening and unnerving, making it hard to focus on the next step you should take. Remember, following a car accident, you should always get a medical examination even if you don’t seem to have any injuries. The physicians at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists are available to help, finding any physical problems and treating them, so you don’t have symptoms down the road. Please don’t wait to schedule an appointment: Call one of their offices in Schaumburg, Bartlett, Elk Grove Village, or Buffalo Grove, Illinois.

Motor Vehicle Collision Q & A

When should you get a medical exam following a motor vehicle collision?

You and any passengers in the car should get a medical checkup immediately following a car accident. Even if you feel fine, a medical exam is important to be sure you don’t have a concussion, whiplash, or another injury.

The symptoms of some injuries may not appear right away. Getting a prompt exam allows your doctor to identify potential problems and start treatment before the condition worsens or complications develop.

A medical exam is also essential for obtaining the documentation you’ll need if you file an insurance claim for medical expenses. If you wait to see a doctor, you’ll have a gap in medical care, which means you may not be able to prove that the accident caused your health problems.

The doctors at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists can perform an independent medical examination that gives you an objective and accurate medical documentation of your injury.

What is whiplash?

Car accidents are one of the top causes of whiplash injury, which occurs when a sudden force makes your neck rapidly snap back and forth.

As the flexion-extension movement makes your neck move beyond its normal range of motion, muscles are strained, and ligaments are sprained. In severe cases, whiplash may injure bones and discs in your spine.

What are the symptoms of whiplash?

Following a whiplash injury, symptoms could appear immediately, or they may not develop for days. You may experience:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Loss of neck movement
  • Muscle and ligament tears
  • Headaches
  • Tingling or numbness in your arms
  • Shoulder or back pain
  • Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue

Which other injuries are common in a motor vehicle collision?

Whiplash may be the most common problem diagnosed following an automobile accident, but many other injuries are possible, such as:

  • Spine injury: herniated disc, fractured vertebrae, low back pain
  • Blunt force trauma: broken ribs, collapsed lungs
  • Crush injuries: hip, leg, ankle, and foot fracture
  • Head impact: traumatic brain injury, mild concussion

No matter what part of your body is damaged, the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists are available to help with an immediate diagnosis and customized treatment to prevent chronic problems and relieve your symptoms. Call or book an appointment online to get the medical care you need following a motor vehicle collision.