Most Common Motorcycle Ejection Injuries
Riding a motorcycle is an exhilarating experience, but there are also some dangers that come with the territory. Since a motorcycle has no doors, roof, or seatbelts to contain occupants, almost any accident involving a motorcycle can cause ejection injuries. Here are some of the most common motorcycle ejection injuries riders sustain following an accident.
Lower Extremity Injuries
Victims of motorcycle accidents often sustain injuries to the lower extremities since a rider’s legs are exposed. In a crash situation, riders can be ejected from the bike and launched in the air, causing damage to legs, knees, calves, ankles, and feet. While most of these injuries aren’t fatal, they’re very painful and can cause long-term disability.
Broken bones in the lower extremities often require surgical intervention and the placement of pins, plates, rods, or screws. Sometimes, multiple surgeries are required, followed by months of physical therapy. Working with a great physical therapist improves the healing process for motorcycle victims, helping them regain their mobility while reducing pain and soreness.
Upper Extremity Injuries
When a motorcyclist is ejected from her bike, they often use their arms to brace for a fall. As a result, a hard landing can cause significant damage to the upper extremities of the body. Injuries like torn rotator cuffs; shoulder damage; and broken arms, elbows, and fingers are common. Wearing motorcycle “body armor” and gloves can reduce the chances of these types of injuries. Again, physical therapy can restore range of motion and reduce pain caused by upper extremity injuries.
Road rash is one of the most common motorcycle ejection injuries, and it can affect the entire body. When riders are ejected from their bike due to a collision or for any other reason, they often scrape parts of their body along the road’s hard surface. The severity of the injury often depends on the clothing riders are wearing and the speed they’re traveling, but even at low speeds, road rash causes burn-like abrasions that require treatments such as skin grafts. Road rash requires immediate medical attention—no matter the severity—because even minor abrasions can cause infection, nerve damage, and scarring.
Head injuries are some of the most serious injuries that can occur after a motorcycle accident. Not only are head injuries the leading cause of death in motorcycle accidents in worst-case scenarios, but in best-case scenarios they can still cause concussions, internal hemorrhaging, and swelling. Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the chances of major head injuries, so always wear your helmet when you head out for a ride.
Start Your Journey Toward Recovery After an Accident
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle ejection accident, seek immediate medical attention. If your doctor recommends physical therapy to help you recover after a motorcycle accident, reach out to the compassionate staff at Impact Medical Group of Lutz. We’re here to help you restore your range of motion, reduce pain, increase strength, and accelerate recovery time. Call us today at (813) 536-0373 to get on the road to recovery.