Motor vehicle accidents have become a way of life, resulting in emotional and physical scars. These accidents may result in apparent or internal injuries that may not be detectable immediately. Fortunately, the Apex Spine and Neurosurgery team is ready to walk with you in your recovery journey after a Roswell motor vehicle accident injury so that normal life can resume soonest.
How a motor vehicle accident injury can affect your life
Motor vehicle accidents are something that people don’t get an opportunity to prepare for. The injuries and trauma can leave you panicked, distressed, and unaware of what to do next. If you experience a motor vehicle accident, no matter how minor, you should seek medical attention to rule out internal damage or bleeding. Although motor vehicle injuries vary in severity, they can improve your life. While some may cause permanent disability, others may result in depression and emotional distress. Injuries you may sustain in a motor vehicle accident include spine ad back sprains, head trauma, whiplash, and other neck injuries, fractures, bruises and lacerations, and in severe cases, limb and life loss. The Apex Spine and Neurosurgery team has years of experience diagnosing and treating motor vehicle injuries that affect the spine and head. They also offer effective treatments for chronic subdural hematoma, which may not be evident immediately after the accident.
What you should know about a chronic subdural hematoma
A subdural hematoma refers to the accumulation of blood between the brain and the membrane covering it. Although anyone can get a chronic subdural hematoma, it is more prevalent in the elderly and may result in the insidious onset of headaches and neurological defects. Initially, this disorder doesn’t trigger any symptoms, so it may not be easy to detect. However, when you begin experiencing the symptoms, you may need surgery. If you are older than 60, you have an elevated chance of developing a chronic subdural hematoma. As you age, your brain tissue shrinks, and the shrinking stretches and weakens your veins, meaning that minor head trauma can trigger the disorder. Other causes of chronic SDH include blood thinning medications, anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, and heavy drinking for several years.
How your doctor treats motor vehicle accident injuries
During your visit to Apex Spine and Neurosurgery, the team performs a thorough clinical exam to detect any internal injuries. During the exam, your provider may discuss your symptoms, the details of the crash, and the treatment you received immediately after the accident. They may also run diagnostic tests like MRI and X-rays for accurate results. After diagnosis, your specialist develops an individualized treatment plan. Your treatment will rely on the severity and type of the accident, the symptoms, and your general health. If you have a Chronic SBH, your provider may perform an emergency craniotomy t eliminate the blood and ease the pressure on your brain. The specialists also offer spinal surgery treatments, including spinal decompression, disc replacement, discectomy and fusion, cervical fusion, and microdiscectomy.
If you recently experienced a motor vehicle accident, call the Apex Spine and Neurosurgery office or schedule an appointment online for a medical exam.