Your car is totaled, you ache all over, you’re frightened and thankful to be alive at the same time. A car accident is a traumatic and stressful event and can causes serious physical non-fatal injury to roughly 3 million people every year.
It’s important to get examined after a car accident in order to treat any injuries you may have suffered.
After a car accident, your body releases adrenaline and endorphins to mask pain. Following the car crash, you will be sore for days, which may hide symptoms of more serious injuries. So read on to learn about a few common car accident injuries and what you should do if you feel pain.
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One of the most common and threatening injuries suffered in a car wreck are head injuries. Head injuries can range from minor to severe, with a severe head injury resulting in mental and or physical paralysis.
A concussion is a common car accident injury. A concussion happens when your head rapidly jerks back and forth, or you hit your head against a hard surface, knocking your brain into the side of your skull. Concussion symptoms appear in the form of dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, headaches, balance issues, sensitivity to light, nausea, or blurred vision.
If you suffer a concussion give your body and brain a rest. If symptoms are severe then immediately seek medical attention.
Cervical injuries to the neck are all too common after a car accident.
Whiplash occurs when the neck is hyperextended due to the extreme forces exerted on the body during a collision. Some whiplash symptoms are severe neck pain, limited range of motion, soreness, pain that spreads down into your arms and shoulders.
Treatments for whiplash include physical therapy, chiropractic care, rest, stretching, and pain management.
Injuries to the back can be very serious. A damaged spinal cord can result in a lot of pain, numbness, or loss of control of certain parts of the body. Our spines are connected to our central nervous system and spine injures can result in pain in our extremities.
Between your vertebrate is spongy disks filled with fluid. If you slip a disk in a car accident, the disk will press against your nerves causing a great deal of pain. If a disk injury is minor, your body can heal with regular visits to a car accident chiropractor. For more serious injuries, surgery may be needed.
In any event, if you are suffering any degree of back or neck pain after a car accident, you should seek consultation from a medical professional. Back injuries can worsen over time if left untreated.
Take Car Accident Injuries Seriously
Car accident injuries are no joke. You should be examined by a medical professional immediately following a car accident. Some injuries take time to surface, so it’s important to tell your doctor every minor detail in order to have everything on record, especially if you have a lawsuit on your hands.
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