Car accidents are responsible for almost 10 percent of all emergency room visits. Most of the injuries are trauma to the neck and spine. For car accidents injuries in Northern California, emergency services at Dignity Health North State are ready to offer personalized treatment.
If you develop symptoms later, you can wait at home until you’re ready for treatment by using our online waiting tool InQuicker.
Diagnosing & Treating Car Accident Injuries at Dignity Health North State
Symptoms of a car accident injury can vary from mild to severe. You may experience neck pain, back pain, stiff neck, or a headache. These symptoms may be present at the time of the wreck, or develop a while afterwards. It’s best to visit your doctor (or the emergency room for severe symptoms) for a complete evaluation.
Quality emergency imaging will help your doctor know the extent of your injuries. Sometimes the trauma from the car wreck can require you to have emergency surgery. A thorough physical and results from imaging exams will guide your treatment plan in our emergency departments.
Reducing Your Risk for Car Accident Injury
Wearing a seatbelt is the best way to reduce your risk for car wreck injuries.
You can protect yourself and those riding with you by following these tips:
- Always wear a seatbelt and instruct passengers to wear one.
- Use a child booster seat for children who are eight and under, or shorter than 57 inches.
- Designate a sober driver if alcohol will be involved.
- Reduce distracted driving by not texting or engaging in other activities while you drive.
Being involved in a car wreck can be stressful. After a car accident, visit Dignity Health North State for emergency treatment or ongoing orthopedic care.
Dignity Health North State provides personal care for car accident injuries in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.