A car accident can be extremely scary. Regardless of the circumstances, it’s inevitable that your adrenaline is running after the fact.
In these instances, it can be easy to brush off any pain or signs of injuries that may be present. When adrenaline is high, the pain hasn’t necessarily set in.
In some instances injuries take days, weeks, or even months, to really show up. The best thing that you can do is to ensure that you are knowledgeable about the different types of injuries that may not show up immediately.
By being aware of these injuries you can keep track of any signs or symptoms that show up. In today’s blog, we are going to touch on four injuries that will often go unnoticed in a car accident, so let’s dive in.
4 Injuries That go Unnoticed
Without a doubt, whiplash is one of the most common forms of injury that goes unnoticed after a car accident. This injury is identified by pain in the upper back and neck and can often include headaches.
As a whole, this injury is a result of the sharp whipping motion that happens when two cars collide. It doesn’t take much for whiplash to occur, which is why it is one of the most common injuries that people experience after an accident. While it is common, it can take some time for this injury to show up.
The best way to make sure that you take care of this injury is by making sure that you schedule an appointment with a doctor and a chiropractor after an accident, regardless of the pain that you are feeling at that very moment.
While we’re on the topic of whiplash, let’s talk about one of the most common signs and symptoms associated with whiplash that can also be caused by a car accident: headaches.
It can be easy to overlook a headache because it is something that can happen without an accident occurring, for some it happens extremely often. So, after an accident, it may not even seem like this is something to be concerned with. That being said, it’s important that you don’t shrug off any pain from a headache too quickly.
Headaches that go without attention can lead to blurred sight, difficulty focusing, clouded memory, and more. Even if you didn’t hit your head during the accident, it’s important to make sure that you get it checked out, especially if you recognize anything unusual.
There are various injuries that could affect the overall well-being of your head and brain, so make sure that you don’t overlook any pain that you are experiencing after an accident.
- MUSCLE INJURIES
When an accident occurs, the body is jolted by the movement of the collision. While your body moves and this force is occurring, bones can break and tissue injuries can happen.
Broken bones are something that people immediately notice given the amount of pain that they cause. Tissue injuries, on the other hand, are often overlooked.
In most cases, when a doctor examines you after an accident, they may not even think to look at your muscles or the condition that they’re in.
If there are any muscles or soft tissue that you notice that are sore or tender, make sure to keep a record of this, and continue to check in with your doctor regularly.
- EMOTIONAL STRESS
While a majority of the injuries that we keep an eye out for are physical, not every injury is going to be that way. Emotional injuries are just as important to keep tabs on.
In the case of most car accidents, or even just accidents in general, it’s very common for the individual involved to experience some type of emotional stress or post-traumatic stress.
In most cases, this shows up in the forms of anxiety, depression, nightmares, and at times even paranoia. With as serious as some of these emotional stress forms are, it’s important to recognize them as early as possible.
Whether it’s you or a family member that recognizes them, make sure to take it seriously and seek professional help so that you can overcome the emotional stress caused by this accident.
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If you’ve been in a car accident recently or you’re starting to experience pain that happened in a car accident a while ago, contact our office today.
Many of the injuries that occur during a car accident can be incredibly serious. The best thing to do is to prioritize your health and well-being, so it’s important that you make sure to visit a medical professional as soon as possible.
If you are in need of chiropractic care or an opinion on the alignment of your spine after an accident, contact our office today.
Dr. Natalie has over 15 years of experience helping individuals with chronic back pain. Let our team be the ones to help ensure that you feel your very best.
If you’ve been in a car accident feel free to reach out to our team with any questions, concerns, or where to schedule your consultation. We would be more than happy to help you.