When someone is involved in car accident, many different injuries can occur. Muscle strains, broken bones, concussions, and spinal disc damage are only some examples of the types of injuries that accident patients face. Because so many injuries in car accidents affect the soft tissues, ligaments and tendons in the body, an MRI procedure can be necessary to fully assess the extent of the damage.
MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, uses a strong magnetic field to take a detailed image of the inside of the body. These images are taken in multiple slides that show all parts of the inside of the body part that is being examined.
Some injuries, such as broken bones, can be identified with a simple x-ray. Usually, MRIs are not needed in these cases. However, damage to the more delicate soft tissues of the body cannot be seen on x-rays. For a more detailed picture, an MRI maybe necessary.
Many people who are injured in car accidents sustain injury to their knees or shoulders. Knees can hit the dashboard during a collision, and shoulders are frequently injured as well, especially when the seat belt pulls tight across the body in the event of a crash. Injuries to these body parts almost never show up on an x-ray, unless there is a major fracture. Frequently, MRIs are necessary for a doctor to see all of the intricacies of the injury.
Spinal disc herniations are some of the most common injuries seen in car accidents. Due to the extreme force with which the body is jerked around in a high impact collision, the soft discs between the bony vertebrae in your neck and back can become damaged. The damaged discs can leak out into the spinal column and put pressure on the spinal nerves.
This can be incredibly painful, and can cause numbness, tingling, and even paralysis in the extremities. An MRI can take detailed images of the spinal discs and see how much the pulpy disc material is pushing against the spinal nerves.
If more conservative methods don’t bring relief to an individual with an accident injury, such as physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, or other nerve block procedures, surgery may be necessary. A doctor will need an MRI reading to determine exactly where the damage occurred and just how bad it is.
If you have been injured in a car accident and are concerned about what to do about your injuries, you should follow your doctor’s instructions with regard to all of your treatment. If your doctor recommends an MRI, you should get one to make sure you aren’t suffering from very serious injuries. If you are, it’s important that you receive treatment for your injuries to ensure that you get the treatment you need and work to get back to where you were physically prior to the collision.
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