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Facial Fractures

The face is made from several different bones, many of which are fused together. There are two joints to the face on either side of the cheeks, called the temporomandibular joints. Facial fractures can be minor or severe, depending on their location and whether or not they are displaced. Open fractures are more serious than closed fractures because open areas of bone are prone to bone infections, which are difficult to treat.

Most facial fractures come from motor vehicle accidents, although sports injuries, falls, and assaults can result in facial fractures as well. Most facial fractures require medical attention with the exception of nondisplaced nasal bone fractures, which tend to heal on their own without any sort of medical intervention.

Eye Trauma

While the eyes are relatively protected by the bones of the face and the placement of the nose, eye injuries can still happen following a motor vehicle accident, altercation, sports injury or industrial injury.

Injury can happen to the bones around the eye itself, to the orbit (the actual eye), or both. Damage to the eye can result in double vision or loss of vision even if the correct treatment is given. In some cases, eye injuries can be prevented (such as in industrial conditions), while other times, such as in motor vehicle accidents or falls, injury to the eye is unavoidable and must be treated.

Common  Fractures after a Motor Vehicle Accident

 
Common Fractures occur in Motor vehicle accidents with high-velocity impacts. There can be  fractures to many different bones throughout the body.  Often, fractures can be found from head to toe, depending on where the impact was and where the individual was located in the vehicle.  Those passengers or the driver with an airbag tend to suffer less from head, neck,  and chest fractures but they are still possible, especially if the individual isn’t seat-belted properly.

Skull Fractures

Facial trauma has been studied by many major institutions. In one study of more than 10,000 people with facial injuries, it was found that 38 percent occurred because of activities of daily living, 31 percent were due to sports, 12 percent were related to violence and 12 percent due to traffic accidents. Five percent were due to work activities and two percent were due to miscellaneous causes.

Among the injuries were more than 7,000 facial bone fractures, 4,700 people with dentoalveolar injures and almost 6,000 people with soft tissue injuries. Males were twice as likely to sustain facial injuries as females with a mean age of 25.8 years of age.

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