IN MIAMI, THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM STAFF OF CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY, SHARES VALUABLE INSIGHT FOR DEALING WITH COMMON NECK AND BACK INJURIES FOLLOWING A MEDICAL EVALUATION FROM A CAR ACCIDENT IN MIAMI.
*This is not meant to replace or substitute professional medical advice after an accident or suffering injuries in an accident.
Common neck and back injuries following a car accident in Miami will always require a professional medical evaluation and the Perazzo Law Firm strongly urges car accident victims to follow the medical advice of the doctors treating their condition. In this article, Jonathan Perazzo, founder at the Perazzo Law Firm in Miami, shares some insight into how professional medical facilities in Miami-Dade and Broward, deal with common and minor injuries to the head, neck, and back following a motor vehicle collision.
Muscle Strains: most minor car accidents or even those accident not so minor, may result muscle strains, which occur when a particular neck, shoulder, or back muscle is stretched beyond its normal length. Usually, muscle fibers may be torn when this when a muscle is stretched more than normal. There exist three types of muscle strains.
First-degree strains possess minimal muscle fiber tearing and cause the least degree of physical pain. Second-degree and third-degree muscle strains result in greater tearing and more intense pain. Normally, the recovery time of these strained muscles takes between 1 to weeks. It usually take about takes 5–6 weeks for muscle strain injuries to fully heal.
What are the causes of muscle strains? They occur when the muscle is experiences a sudden, violent force that stretches the muscle too far. This may happen upon falling, lifting, vehicle accident, bike accidents, or playing sports.
What increases the risk? Muscle strains are more likely to develop in those who are physically active or are in moving vehicle.
What are the signs or symptoms of muscle strains? When an accident victim suffers a muscle strain, he/she may experience any of the following:
- Loss of flexion, rotation, extension
- Stiffness and tenderness to touch
Difficulty using the muscle. The difficulty using the muscle is diagnosed based on a physical exam by a medical professional, as well as either an X-ray, an MRI, or an ultrasound.
How is a muscle strain treated? Injuries to muscles strains are treated with physical rehabilitation and therapy. As well as further injury prevention and rest thru limited use of the muscle in question.
Applying ice to the injured muscle:
- Applying pressure (compression) to the injured muscle. This may be done with a splint or elastic bandage. • Raising (elevating) the injured muscle.
- Put ice in a plastic bag.
- Place a towel between your skin and the bag.
- Leave the ice on for 20 minutes, 2–3 times a day.
- Move your fingers or toes often to avoid stiffness and to lessen swelling.
- Raise (elevate) the injured area above the level of your heart while you are sitting or lying down.
- Wear an elastic bandage as told by your health care provider. Make sure that it is not too tight.
Your medical professional may also suggest pain medication.
Follow these instructions at home: If you have a splint:
- Wear the splint as told by your health care provider.
- Remove it only as told by your health care provider.
- Loosen the splint if your fingers or toes tingle, become numb, or turn cold and blue.
- Keep the splint clean
- If the splint is not waterproof
- Do not let it get wet
- Cover it with a watertight covering when you take a bath or a shower.
- Take over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your health care provider.
- Restrict your activity and rest the injured muscle as told by your health care provider. Gentle movements may be allowed.
- If physical therapy was prescribed, do exercises as told by your health care provider.
- Do not put pressure on any part of the splint until it is fully hardened. This may take several hours.
- Do not use any products that contain nicotine or tobacco, such as cigarettes and e-cigarettes. These can delay bone healing. If you need help quitting, ask your health care provider.
- Consult your health care provider when it is safe to drive if you have a splint.
- Keep all follow-up visits as told by your health care provider. This is important.
How to prevent this:
- Warm up before exercising. This helps to prevent future muscle strains.
- Contact a health care provider if:
- You have more pain or swelling in the injured area. Get help right away if:
- You have numbness or tingling or lose a lot of strength in the injured area. Summary
- A muscle strain is an injury that occurs when a muscle is stretched beyond its normal length.
THE PERAZZO LAW FIRM URGES ACCIDENT VICTIMS TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ATTENTION FOLLOWING A SLIP & FALL, PREMISES LIABILITY ACCIDENT, OR MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT AND TO CONTACT THEIR MIAMI-DADE OFFICES FOR A FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.
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