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Injure Your Throat in a Car Accident?

One of the most vulnerable parts of your body is your throat. When a throat injury occurs, it can have a severe impact on your ability to breath. If you have injured your throat or have difficulty breathing after a car accident, it is imperative to seek immediate medical treatment.

Basics of Throat Injuries

There are two kinds of throat injuries which often occur during a car accident: blunt trauma and penetrating trauma. Blunt trauma can damage your esophagus, trachea, and spine and affect the surrounding areas. Penetrating trauma is more serious because an object has penetrated into the throat which results in major damage and bleeding.

Symptoms of a throat injury include the following:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Noisy or wheezing breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Taste of blood in the mouth
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Swelling of affected area

Throat Injury Treatment

If you have experienced a throat injury, the first thing the doctor will do is ensure your airway is unobstructed, which can be done by placing a tube down your throat or make a small incision to allow air flow in and out of your lungs. Once you are able to breathe properly, the doctor will stop the bleeding with pressure and sutures.

Once the bleeding is stopped, the surgeon will repair the damaged area. The operation you will receive depends on your exact injury. For example, if your throat injury is caused by damage to the spine, then an orthopedic surgeon will be called to operate.

If you have experienced a car accident and require rehabilitation services in Houston, TX, contact QualCare Rehabilitation and Allied Medical Centers and schedule an initial appointment today.