Delayed Symptoms After a Car Accident
There is no arguing that car accidents are extremely inconvenient and often scary. They can cause damage to your vehicle, your bank account, and your body. However, just because you do not feel injured after an accident, it does not mean that you have not incurred a serious – or even life-threatening – injury. That is why it is important that you keep an eye out for the following symptoms after a car accident.
Headaches are one of – if no the most – common symptoms experienced after a motor vehicle accident. Generally, these headaches will go away and are simply harmless. However, there are times when a post-accident headache can be indicative of a more serious injury such as a brain injury or a blood clot.
2. Shoulder & Neck Pain
Shoulder and neck pain is also extremely common after an accident. This often occurs because of whiplash from the impact, but if you notice any stiffness, you may want to seek medical attention since it could be something more serious like a spinal injury.
3. Abdominal Pain
Even minor pain around your torso or abdominal area after an accident should be taken very seriously. Pain in this area can signal a serious – sometimes even life-threatening – internal injury that calls for immediate medical attention.
4. Back Pain
Back pain following a crash should be looked at carefully, as it could be something as simple as whiplash or something as serious as a herniated disc. If you feel any numbness or tingling in your back it can signify a pinched nerve.
Whiplash can also cause numbness. This occurs when there has been an injury to the nerves or the spinal column. If you experience a lack of feeling or sensation or if you experience tingling in your hands and arms, it may be in your best interest to speak with a physician.
6. Behavioral Changes
Motor vehicle crashes are the third most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the second leading cause of death from the injuries incurred. That is why it is important to take note of any real changes in your personality, as it can be indicative of a TBI. Issues with hearing, vision, depression, or memory can also be.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD, is a mental disorder that can occur after someone experiences a traumatic event. At first, it may be difficult to notice, but it can worsen over time and greatly affect your quality of life.
Should you feel even minor pain or any of these symptoms after a car accident, you should not take it lightly as it can be indicative of a serious injury requiring medical attention immediately. Because many of the aforementioned symptoms can have other underlying causes, it is best to consult with your physician.
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