A “crush injury” occurs when part of the body is caught between two objects that are being pushed together by a high pressure or high speed.
Crush injuries are common in car accidents, falls, natural disasters, and situations that involve a structure collapsing. There are varying degrees of crush injuries, from slamming a finger in a door, to limbs being trapped and crushed for an extended period of time.
Crush injuries can range all the way from mild to fatal in severity. Most importantly, soft tissue injuries resulting from a crush can be a major source of complications, impairment and disability.
Damage related to crush injuries can include:
Compartment syndrome (increased pressure in an arm or leg that causes serious muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and tissue damage)
Laceration (open wound)
The treatment for crush injuries begins with a thorough assessment of all injuries caused by the accident. Our specialists will then decide the best course of treatment, as each case is unique.
Depending upon the severity, treatments may be as simple as debridement or splinting, or may be very complex, involving surgery, nerve repair, blood vessel repair, prevention or treatment of compartment syndrome, treatment for lacerations, and/or reconstructive surgery.