Medical Imaging and Common Bone Fractures After an Accident
At some point in your life, you may well be in a car accident. Even slow-speed collisions can cause the human body serious damage. You often hear about the soft-tissue injuries that occur, but you may suffer other health issues as well. Bone fractures are a common result of vehicle accidents and can cause significant long-term health issues.
Some fractures are not obvious ones, so you can walk away from an accident and not realize that you have sustained a fracture. As a result, you can cause additional damage by simply trying to continue your regular activities. You may exacerbate the fracture, causing more bone, muscle or nerve damage, or your break may heal in the wrong position. When you’ve been in an accident, you should seek medical imaging to find out if you have sustained any bone injuries so you can get proper treatment.
Types of Bone Fractures
You can suffer from a variety of broken bones when in a collision. One of the most common is a tibia/fibula (lower leg) fracture. A head-on collision can crush the leg area in your car or truck, breaking your outstretched right leg and sometimes your left as well. Although your thigh bone, or femur, is the strongest bone in your body, it can also be broken in a high impact crash.
Any accident that causes your vehicle’s airbags to deploy can easily fracture your ribs. Some physicians believe that hip fractures are actually the most common break suffered in an accident. You may also break a wrist, fracture disks and suffer from pelvic breaks. Some of this damage results from your bracing your body in anticipation of the accident.
Symptoms of Bone Fractures
While some fractures are obvious, others are more subtle. As a result, you may overlook this damage unless you get prompt medical imaging. The most obvious symptoms of a broken bone are swelling, pain and deformity. Other symptoms include a snapping noise, pain when you put pressure on the area and bruising surrounding the injured area.
If you have a small break or a crack, you may not experience any symptoms other than minor pain in the area. That’s why medical imaging is so necessary. An X-ray, or in some cases, an MRI, can locate bone breaks and determine treatment options.
At Onyx Imaging, you will receive same-day imaging with scans read within four hours. This treatment catches any issues the accident may have caused, protecting you legally and financially. You don’t need insurance because Onyx specializes in lien-based billing, meaning your bill is paid from resulting legal action.
Emergency room doctors or urgent care facilities may be hesitant to order imaging, particularly if you don’t have any obvious fractures. At Onyx, they look for all possible injuries in order to safeguard your health. Untreated problems often worsen and can lead to long-term health issues. If they aren’t diagnosed immediately after the accident, you may be stuck paying the treatment expenses yourself.
When you are the victim of a vehicle accident, you often don’t realize the extent of your injuries. After a collision, you need medical imaging to identify any fractures that may have occurred. All too often, patients don’t realize they’ve suffered an injury until days and even weeks later. When you visit Onyx Imaging, you get fast and accurate answers about possible injuries so you can heal quickly.