Auto Collision Injuries in Greensboro
The injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident can be a serious matter. Though the term “Whiplash” is the term that is most commonly spoken, it specifically refers to something that happens to an occupant’s neck in rear-end collisions. The truth is, traumatic vehicular events include a variety of scenarios: head-on-collisions, driver’s side collisions, passenger side collisions, angled collisions, multiple vehicle collisions, guardrails, and leaving the roadway, for some examples. Additionally, the relative size of the vehicles involved, the type of road surface, the road surface condition, restrained/unrestrained occupants, air bag deployment, occupants braced or not braced, occupant location in the vehicle, occupant body positioning, occupant age and general physical condition; all of these factors play a role in the extent of injury and the requirements of time and treatment for recovery. While there are many variables in different collisions, they do have something in common, traumatic forces that result in bodily injury.
Each accident is unique because of the various factors listed in the above paragraph. But any of these traumatic events can lead to injury of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck, back, shoulders, arms, hips, knees, and feet. Additionally, impact injuries to the head or whiplash can result in concussion. Impact injuries to the torso, arms, and legs are common and can produce deep bruising of other involved areas.
It is important for your health to have a care provider who is thoroughly trained in examining, discovering, and diagnosing all of your injuries; big and small. Dr. Gibson has extensive post graduate training in triaging, examining, documenting, and diagnosing injuries that are due to traumatic events. To see Dr. Gibson’s training, you can view a CV of his credentials by clicking HERE.
When the human body undergoes a rapid change in position and speed, tendons and ligaments are subjected to forces that can cause stretching and tearing at any joint. Impact injuries are commonly suffered on many parts of the body from striking the dashboard, airbag, vehicle doors, windshield, rear view mirror, objects within the vehicle, and other passengers.
Injuries can include:
- Disc bulges and herniations
- Misalignments of vertebrae in the spine
- Sprained ligaments in the neck, back, shoulders, wrists, hips, and knees
- Irritated and damaged nerves
- Muscle strain
- Bruising of the chest, abdomen, arms, thighs, and knees
Even if the impact seemed mild, you may have whiplash or sustained injuries to other areas and other joint ligaments if you experience any of the following:
- Neck Pain or Stiffness
- Ringing in the Ears
- Jaw Pain
- Shoulder Pain – Upper or Deep Inside
- Upper Back Pain
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Blurred Vision
- Chest Soreness
- Low Back Pain and Stiffness
- Wrist Pain and Stiffness
- Arm Bruising
- Abdominal Soreness
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain and Stiffness
- Ankle Pain
- Tingling, Pain, Numbness, or Weakness Radiating into the Arms/Hands or Legs/Feet
Unless you are suffering from a critical injury such as a serious fracture, lacerations, internal bleeding, heart attack, stroke, coma…..the hospital emergency department will triage you, examine you, perform the required diagnostic imaging, and discharge you. A patient may often receive a prescription to treat muscle spasm, inflammation, and pain, but the emergency department is not designed to address the ligament sprains, tendon/muscle strains, contusions, and concussion that will affect you over the next week, months, or years because they are not a serious threat to your life.
VISITING OUR Greensboro OFFICE
Patients often enter the office exhibiting many of the symptoms previously listed. A careful examination is needed. Dr. Gibson has completed considerable training in the triage, examination, diagnosis, and management of injured patients suffering mechanical spine pain and extremity pain due to trauma. Click HERE to see Dr Gibson’s training.
A thorough initial visit should include a review of the traumatic event with the patient. This enables the provider to gain insight into the “mechanism of injury”. Dr Gibson has postgraduate training in Crash Dynamics and Accident Reconstruction. A complete examination includes a review of body systems, range of motion tests, orthopedic tests, neurologic tests, manual palpation, a review of emergency department diagnostic images, and new diagnostic images. The exam findings reveal what is causing the patient physical complaints and relates back to the “mechanism of injury”. This “total package” of information creates the working diagnosis and treatment plan. Dr. Gibson has completed post graduate trauma training. A limited selection includes:
- Spinal Biomechanics in Trauma,
- Spinal Trauma Pathology; Biomechanics of Traumatic Disc Injury, Ligament Injury Research,
- Accident Reconstruction
- Crash Dynamics and Causality
- Diagnostics, Risk Factors, Clinical Presentation, and Triaging the Trauma Patient
- Diagnostic Testing Protocols for the Trauma Patient
- Head Trauma, Brain Injury, and Concussion
- Treatment of Auto Accident Injuries
- Stabilization and Rehabilitation Exercises for Injury
- Documenting for the Trauma Patient
- Correlating Bodily Injury to Causality
Additionally, Dr. Gibson is Trauma Qualified through Cleveland University-Kansas City and is a credentialed Graduate Medical Educator through Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, The State University of New York; Buffalo, NY. He maintains a Diplomate status in the American Academy of Integrative Pain Management.
It is your body. It is your health. It is your decision to choose the path and provider that you feel is the most capable to assist you in your recovery journey.