Seatbelts can both prevent and cause injuries in a car accident. In response to a reader question, we wanted to expound specifically on abdomen and bowel injuries that can result from car accident injuries. In this article, we will talk about abdomen and bowel issues that can result from auto accidents, from injury types to treatment options available.
Common Car Accident Abdominal Injuries
The abdomen is a large area located in between the chest and pelvis. It contains all of the following organs:
- Small & Large Intestine
With so many organs, abdominal injuries are various. Car crashes can result in a number of abdominal injuries, ranging from mild to severe. Many of these abdominal injuries are caused by seatbelts – as they cover much of the abdominal area. Abdominal injuries are divided into two general categories depending on whether the trauma was blunt or penetrating (blunt trauma is the most common in car accidents).
Penetrating abdominal injuries are easily identified. Blunt force injuries to the abdomen are much more difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are much less obvious. Here are a few signs of abdominal injuries after a car wreck:
- Bruising along the lower stomach where the lap belt rests.
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain or tenderness
- Bowel or bladder control issues
Injuries to these organs can lead to series issues with digestion, blood flow, and bowel control, which is why they should be treated as soon as possible.
Treating Abdominal Injuries
Abdominal injuries need to be treated right away to avoid further complications. Treatment begins by identifying the extent of the injuries sustained and stabilizing the patient. In extreme cases involving a lot of internal bleeding, surgery may be necessary. Other cases can be treated without surgery. It all depends on the injuries and circumstances surrounding the accident.