While cars have come a long way in making people safer, there are still millions of accidents every year that result in injuries. I know that it is sometimes impossible to avoid being hit by a negligent driver, but you can at least be aware of the potential injuries an accident may cause. One of the first things to know is that in a collision, most injuries are inflicted on the upper body, arms and head. Because of the tension caused moments before a car crash, areas near the joints in the arms are susceptible to injury.
One particular joint that is extremely susceptible to injury is the elbow. The radius, ulna, and humerus come together to form this connection between the forearm and upper arm. Strains, sprains and fractures are very common in this area, no matter how the injury is caused. Car accidents, however, are a common cause for elbow fractures because of the excessive pressure placed on the arm while gripping the steering wheel. There is also the potential in side impacts for the car to spin in a manner that twists the elbow in an unnatural direction.
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Some of the clear cut signs pointing towards a fractured elbow are pain, swelling and bruising around the joint. Having trouble moving the joint is also a sign of a fracture, and is good reason to see a doctor for help. As a Seattle car accident attorney, I know how important it is to immediately seek medical attention following elbow fractures. Initially, if you hear a loud popping noise from the joint at the time of the accident, then you should take that as a sign that something is wrong and get to a doctor as fast as you can. For mild sprains and fractures, a doctor may simply provide a cast and sling to immobilize the joint while it heals, however, more extreme scenarios may require surgery to realign the bones that have been broken. After treatment, a physician may advise physical therapy and exercises to efficiently return mobility in the elbow joint.