Car Accident Injuries to Watch For
Car accidents can change lives in the blink of an eye. In 2019, there were over 400,000 car accidents in Florida with over 250,000 injuries being reported. Not only can your car be damaged or totaled causing a massive disruption to your life, but car accident injuries can change people's lives forever as well.
Not all car accident injuries are severe enough to need immediate attention at an emergency room. Sometimes people walk away from a car accident and they feel lucky that they weren't injured. It may be the case that they weren't injured, but it is important for anyone involved in a collision to be aware of injuries that may have delayed onset that weren't obvious to you at the time of the accident.
These Are Some Examples of Car Accident Injuries to Watch For:
Whiplash is an injury to the neck when the head is forcefully whipped back and forth. This is commonly seen after a rear-end car accident. The fast movement of the head can overstretch and damage the ligaments in the neck. When the ligaments are loose or torn, it can cause neck pain, headaches, decreased range of motion and several other negative symptoms. Studies have found that about 50% of people injured in a car accident will continue to experience neck pain for one year after the collision. It is important to be evaluated immediately. Sometimes these symptoms do not show up for weeks or even months and not treating a whiplash injury could lead to a lifetime of issues.
2. Brain Fog or Tiredness
Car accidents can be very overwhelming and stressful. Being “run down” and exhausted after dealing with auto insurance, towing companies, doctor appointments and seeking order is understandable. However, how do you know when this feeling is no longer normal and putting you at risk for serious long-term effects? Emotional distress, confusion, brain fog, and chronic fatigue all the time could be signs of a concussion, brain injury, whiplash, or other injuries caused by the accident. Diagnostic testing and proper evaluations are critical to understand the seriousness of the symptoms and prevent further damage.
3. Numbness and Tingling
Our bodies have an amazing way of letting us know that something is wrong. When there is numbness or tingling in the hands, fingers, legs or feet, it is a warning sign from the nerves that something is wrong. After an accident, the discs that are between each spinal bone, and the ligaments surrounding them, can become damaged. Imagine a hard bone pressing down on a soft nerve. When this happens, pressure can be put on the nerves that control every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. Numbness and tingling are common signs that there is too much pressure being put on those nerves in the neck or low back. It is so important for the proper testing and examination to be done to determine how much pressure is being put on the nerve and to form a plan to correct it.
These symptoms may be common after an accident, but they are not normal for the human body to experience. Unfortunately, many people injured in auto accidents do not seek medical treatment and suffer from chronic pain that could have been prevented. That is why it is so important to have a chiropractor evaluate your injuries to rule out whiplash and soft tissue damage. At Complete Care, our doctors can perform a proper exam, diagnose injuries and provide treatment.
If you are in a car accident and don't feel like you have been injured, it's a safe bet to get checked to rule out injuries that may have delayed onset of symptoms. You could avoid a lifetime of issues by having an evaluation.
If you've been in an accident, don't wait to be seen by a doctor. As little as 14 days without treatment can lead to a lifetime of pain. Call Complete Care today for a comprehensive evaluation.
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Our multi-disciplinary approach gives our patients access to a variety of healthcare providers who solely focus on the evaluation, treatment and management of auto injuries. We believe every patient who has physical injuries as a result of trauma should have the ability to see the specific type of doctor they need in a timely manner while receiving excellent care and service.