Consequences and costs of lower extremity injuries

P. C. Dischinger, K. M. Read, J. A. Kufera, T. J. Kerns, C. A. Burch, N. Jawed, S. M. Ho, A. R. Burgess

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Lower extremity injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes are common and have become relatively more important as more drivers with newer occupant restraints survive high-energy crashes. CIREN data provide a greater level of clinical detail based on coding guidelines from the Orthopedic Trauma Association. These detailed data, in conjunction with long-term follow-up data obtained from patient interviews, reveal that the most costly and disabling injuries are those involving articular (joint) surfaces, especially those of the ankle/foot. Patients with such injuries exhibit residual physical and psychosocial problems, even at one year post-trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-353
Number of pages15
JournalAnnual Proceedings - Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Event48th Annual Proceedings - Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine - Key Biscayne, FL, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2004Sep 15 2004

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  • Engineering(all)


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