Your bones help support your body, but sometimes they cannot withstand the pressure that you experience, especially in an accident. Car crashes can easily cause severe fractures, even if someone wears their seat belt properly.
The force of impact can cause many different kinds of fractures. When there is an intense twisting force applied to someone’s body, a spiral fracture, sometimes called a torsion fracture, can result. Spiral fractures involve the bone-breaking into multiple (and, often, uneven) pieces. Those who suffer a spiral fracture in a crash will likely have long-term medical and career consequences.
Spiral fractures require more than just a cast
Many times, broken bones are easy to treat after a car crash. They require imaging tests and a medical professional to help set the bone so that the broken pieces align appropriately and can heal. Usually, immobilization of the affected body part is necessary, and people often have to have a cast placed around the broken bone.
Spiral fractures aren’t that easy to treat. When the bone breaks into multiple pieces and those pieces have uneven surfaces, surgery is frequently necessary to set the bone for healing. A spiral fracture often requires implanted support, at least during a patient’s convalescence, as the pieces may be too small to fully heal and support weight on their own.
Even after it heals, a spiral fracture can cause long-term pain issues, reduce someone’s range of motion and decrease their strength in the affected body part. Especially for those who do physically demanding work, spiral fractures can mean not just massive medical expenses but also diminished earning potential. Considering the long-term consequences of an injury from a car crash can help you pursue compensation for your losses.