Automobile Crash Delayed Injuries
In 2016, there were thirty-seven thousand four-hundred sixty-one (37,461) US vehicle deaths from a total of 300 million car accidents. While some injuries may be evident to the naked eye, others may not be immediately apparent. In some cases, symptoms slowly reveal themselves few hours to a couple of days after an accident.
Although you may feel fine with tolerable aches or pains after a recent vehicular collision, it is beneficial to be aware of the most common delayed car-crash injury symptoms. This information can be useful to determine serious effects and prevent future complications.
Here are five of the most common symptoms that can appear several hours or days after a car crash.
Five Common Pains After a Car Accident
1. Headache or Dizziness
Headaches or dizziness may be a possible symptom of a cerebral concussion, a blood clot, head injury, or neurological damage. These symptoms may appear a few hours or even a couple of days after a car crash.
Brain injuries and clots can be life-threatening, and it is advisable to seek immediate medical attention when these symptoms occur.
2. Neck and Shoulder Pain
Pain on the neck, shoulder, and upper back may be related to whiplash. Whiplash is a term for a neck injury that is usually due to a side or rear-end impact from motor-vehicular accidents. It occurs when an acceleration-deceleration motion due to inertia results in an energy transfer to the neck.
Whiplash symptoms tend to be delayed most of the time, often appearing within a couple of hours to several days from the time of the accident. Minor cases may heal in less than a month, but in some cases, the pain may last for several months. In rare occasions, symptoms may be permanent.
3. Back Pain
Back pains few hours or several days after a vehicular accident may be a manifestation of a spinal injury, fracture, disc herniation, soft tissue injury, sprain, and other back conditions.
If there is numbness or tingling in the extremities along with back pains, there is a possibility of nerve compression or impingement. These conditions may cause severe back pain, postural changes, and discomfort, as well as mobility changes.
4. Numbness and Tingling
Numbness or tingling in the extremities or other parts of the body can signal a spinal injury or a compressed nerve. Although it may be caused by some medical conditions (like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, seizures, stroke, and migraine), trauma to the spinal nerves after a car crash may be a culprit as well.
Seeking help with a medical professional can alleviate these symptoms and prevent further complications.
5. Abdominal Pain
One symptom that shouldn’t be ignored after a car accident is abdominal pain. It may last for a couple of hours or several days after a car crash. In some cases, stomach pain denotes internal bleeding or internal injuries. If an internal damage is present, an emergency treatment is necessary.
When to Go to the Doctor After a Car Accident
Ideally, you should seek medical attention immediately after a car crash, even if there are no apparent signs or symptoms. A complete assessment and diagnostic exams may be able to determine possible severe injuries even before symptoms appear.
Also, stay alert for any symptoms, just in case, if it shows up late for a couple of days. If any develop, seek for a new medical assessment.