5 car accident delayed injury symptoms

All car accidents are different, ranging from horribly severe to a small fender bender, but even a low-speed collision can cause injuries as your body tenses during impact.

When injured at the scene of the crash the injuries are obvious, such as fractures or lacerations, but other types of injuries are not immediately apparent. You might feel fine right after the collision, but there are delayed injury symptoms that can slowly reveal themselves after an accident.

You may be used to regular aches and pains, but if you have recently been in a car accident and experience any of the symptoms below, it is important to get medical attention to determine if a more serious problem exists.

Headaches: Post accident headaches are often caused by whiplash. A headache could be a sign of more serious injuries such as a blood clot or a concussion. If untreated, head injuries can have lasting long-term consequences.

Back, neck or shoulder pain: Pain concentrated towards the upper back is often related to whiplash. Pain in the lower back could signal a spinal injury such as a herniated disk or a pinched nerve.

Abdominal pain or swelling: Pain in the midsection can signify soft tissue damage and internal bleeding. Since the injury has no visible markings, this can be easy to ignore, but if you experience these symptoms seek immediate medical attention as these injuries can be fatal if left untreated.

Numbness: Experiencing numbness or tingling can signal a herniated disk, pinched nerve or another spinal injury. Seeking medical attention can alleviate the physical pain associated with these injuries and prevent further damage.

Emotional or mental difficulties: Clouded thinking, lack of concentration or memory problems can signal a traumatic brain injury. Additionally, emotional after-effects such as PSTD, anxiety or depression can surface days or weeks after an accident.

In the wake of a car accident, there can be lasting effects that continue on long after your car has been repaired. Being attuned to your physical wellbeing and recognizing delayed injuries can help prevent long-term physical and emotional damage.

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