7 delayed injury symptoms after a Car Accident.
Whiplash injuries not only increase your chances of chronic neck and back pain; they also increase the probability of other seemingly unrelated health problems.
Headaches that develop several days after a vehicle accident are common. Sometimes they can signal a potentially serious problem, such as, a blood clot on the brain, injury to the neck or head or even a serious concussion.
2. Neck or shoulder pain or stiffness.
Whiplash is the classic delayed symptom injury associated with accidents.
“Most cases of whiplash injury occur as the result of rear-end vehicle collisions at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour,” according to patientinfo.com
Whiplash injuries can be serious and may require x-rays, CT scans or MRIs for proper diagnosis.
3. Back pain.
Back pain that appears after an accident could be caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments or nerves in the back or even by damage to the vertebrae.
“Low back pain is found in more than half of rear impact-collisions in which injury was reported, and almost three-quarters of all side-impact crashes,” reports the Back & Neck Pain Center.
4. Abdominal pain or swelling.
These signs could indicate internal bleeding. Other symptoms include large areas of deep purple bruising, dizziness and fainting. Internal bleeding can remain undiscovered for hours or days. It can be a life-threatening condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated by trained emergency medical personnel.
Loss of feeling in arms and hands is another indication of whiplash injury (also called whiplash associated disorder). The loss of feeling results from damage to the neck or spinal column. Modernmedicine.com notes about 20 percent of people involved in rear-end vehicle accidents develop some symptoms of whiplash.
6. Changes in personality or physical function.
These signs and symptoms could signal traumatic brain injury resulting from a concussion. Signs include impaired thinking or memory, movement, problems with vision or hearing, or personality changes or depression. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports motor vehicle crashes are the third overall leading cause of traumatic brain injuries. Vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of death from traumatic brain injuries.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is common after a car accident. PTSD victims often have vivid and disturbing memories of the event and nightmares. Sometimes victims feel as if the accident is recurring or have flashbacks. Children are especially susceptible.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident; it is a good idea to seek immediate consultation with specialist. If above or any other symptoms appear even several weeks after the accident, it is very important to visit a doctor experienced in treating car accident or whiplash injuries to diagnose and treat potential slow progressing due to onset of inflammation problems. Doctor of chiropractic is the specialist that usually treats injures resulted from a motor vehicle accident.
Dr. Borisenko, D. C. is certified by Spine Research institute of San Diego in car accident reconstruction and traumatology. If you have been injured in car accident, do not wait. Come to our clinic for examination. It is better to learn now that you have no injury than learn later that you had an injury and did not address it.#chiropracticwww.worldspinalfitness.com