Motor Vehicle Crash

You came to the emergency department (ED) after being in a car crash. We evaluated you and did not find any life-threatening injuries. You will likely be sore after the accident from bruising and stretching of your muscles and ligaments - this generally improves within two weeks.

Steps to take at home:

  • You can use ice packs or take acetaminophen (eg, Tylenol) or ibuprofen (eg, Motrin or Advil) for pain.
  • You can use over-the-counter lidocaine patches or cream to help with pain at a certain area - do not use it over open wounds.
  • Always wear your seatbelt while in a moving car and practice defensive driving.
  • Minimize distractions while driving and never text and drive.
  • Follow up with your primary care doctor within two weeks to monitor any ongoing symptoms.

Please speak to your doctor or come back to the ED for new symptoms, such as a severe headache, weakness in your arms or legs, vision changes, shortness of breath, chest pain, or other new or worsening symptoms. Please review medication inserts for side effects and call the ED if you have any questions about the medications or care you received.

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