Cobb Chiropractic Blog

Focusing on Quality Chiropractic Care in the Triad Area

5 Common Delayed Injuries That Occur after a Car Accident 

  1. Headaches
  2. Neck and Shoulder Pain
  3. Abdominal Pain
  4. Back Pain
  5. Numbness and Tinging 

5 Common Delayed Injuries After A Car Accident

Posted by Cobb Chiropractic Clinic on Jun 10, 2019 4:18:49 PM

Car Accidents can cause serious injuries and emotional stress, even if the damages to the vehicle are not severe.

Each person reacts differently to a motor vehicle accident, which means some may experience immediate pain, while others may not feel symptoms until days or weeks later. Even some serious injuries may not present any signs until several days later. 

In many cases, the car accident victim will walk away from the accident with their adrenaline elevated and may even feel fine, but over the course of the next several hours or days, they may begin to feel a lot worse, until they realize that something might be very seriously wrong. 

Unfortunately, when this type of situation occurs, it can get in the way of not only your health and recovery but also a potential personal injury lawsuit. When you file a lawsuit, medical documentation is extremely important, and when you wait to be seen, or do not go at all, your settlement offer can be severely reduced. 

The Doctors at Cobb Chiropractic have come up with a list of the most Common Delayed Injuries after a Car Accident,

so keep these in mind if you are ever involved in an accident and think you're fine because you do not feel immediate pain. 

1. Headaches 

Cobb Chiropractic

Headaches after a car accident can take several days to be noticed, and will often not be associated with the accident right way.

Many people may think nothing of a headache a few days later, and they may just take some medicine and hope to feel better, however, headaches can be the signal to a potentially serious problem, like a blood clot on the brain, or a serious concussion. 

Headaches can still be a common car accident injury even if you did not hit your head during the accident. 

It's important to remember, never chalk your headache up to stress from the accident or something else, if you were involved in a car accident and you have a headache days or even weeks later, you need to be seen by a medical professional to make sure you are not suffering from a more serious injury. 

2. Neck and Shoulder Pain 

Cobb Chiropractic

Delayed pain in the neck and shoulders could very well be a sign of whiplash. Whiplash happens to be the most common delayed injury associated with car accidents. 

Whiplash commonly occurs in rear-end collisions when the nerves, joints, and muscles in the neck are overextended beyond their normal range of motion. 

Whiplash injuries can be very serious and often require an x-ray, CT scans, or MRIs in order to be properly diagnosed. 

Whiplash is one of those injuries that can be detected by an experienced Chiropractor BEFORE you even begin to feel any pain. When the injury is caught early, treatment can begin which may prevent long-term pain. 

3. Abdominal Pain 

Cobb Chiropractic

Abdominal Pain after an accident can go unnoticed for several days, and in some cases it can be life-threatening if it goes untreated for too long. Abdominal pain can be the sign of internal bleeding, and the victim may experience:

  • headaches
  • deep bruising and purplish skin
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • fainting 

Internal bleeding is not something you can see and detect by yourself right after the accident. It needs to be diagnosed and treated by an experienced medical professional, which is why you should never put off medical treatment after a car accident. 

4. Back Pain 

Cobb Chiropractic

Back pain is another delayed side effect of a car accident injury, this can include sprains, strains, and herniated discs. Back pain can be a sign that there is damage to the ligaments, muscles, or even to the vertebrae. 

Some people can also experience sciatica, or other symptoms like tingling, or numbness if the spinal cord is damaged and is pressing on the nerves. 

Back pain is reported in many rear-end collisions and side-impact collisions. You don't need to be hit at 85 miles per hour to suffer from a back injury so make sure you see a medical professional to make sure you have not severely damaged your back after an accident. 

5. Numbness and Tingling 

Cobb Chiropractic

Numbness and tingling in the arms and hands can be an indicator of damage to the neck or spinal column and will often not present symptoms until hours after the accident. 

People who suffer from a herniated disk in a car accident may experience numbness and tingling in their limbs before they experience back pain. A herniated disk presses on the spinal nerves and causing the numbness and tingling to appear in the hands and arms. 

Having an x-ray or other image testing after the accident can help to identify this injury allowing the doctor to begin treatment before the symptoms can become worse. 

Getting Medical Treatment after a Car Accident  

 When you are involved in a Car Accident in Greensboro, North Carolina, it's important to see a medical professional the same day the accident occurs. 

The experienced Doctors at Cobb Chiropractic have been treating the victims of auto accidents for over 30 years. All of our chiropractors have the training and expertise to help with the recovery process. 

When you come to our accident clinic, we provide a thorough examination to find out if you have any injuries that you may not be aware of. 

We highly advise you to come to our clinic and be seen by a professional the same day the accident occurs, regardless of how you feel. As discussed, there are several injuries that can take days to present symptoms, however, the sooner you come to us, the sooner you can begin treatment. 

Don't stay at home thinking you'll be fine only to find out a week later that you are seriously injured. It's always in your best interest to get checked by an experienced accident doctor as soon as possible. 

The Chiropractors at our clinic offer a free consultation to see how we can best assist with your recovery.

Click the link below to schedule a free consultation with our expert Car Accident Injury Chiropractors today. 

Schedule Appointment Now


Original Article Written Here

Tags: Car Accident Injury, Car Accident Medical Care, Whiplash, Chiropractic Care

So what did you think of the post? Is there another topic you would like us to cover? Let us know! Also, if you liked the post, share it with someone you know.