What Kind of Injuries Can I Get From A Car Accident?
If you have recently been involved in a vehicle collision you may be feeling sore. This is a simple list of the most common auto accident injuries. This article does not constitute medical advice. It is always a good idea to see a medical provider the same days the accident. However, some injuries can appear days after the accident, so other medical visits may be required.
Whiplash is damage to the neck from the head being thrown backward and forward. It is the most common injury in auto accidents. It manifests as soreness, stiffness, and headaches. Whiplash usually clears up without medical treatment, but in some cases, it can be serious and cause long-term or permanent discomfort. If an over-the-counter pain reliever is not helping with whiplash, contact your medical provider.
2. Muscle Pain
After an accident, you may be sore in more places than just your neck. Arm soreness and back pain are both common after a car crash. Muscles and ligaments can stretch during the impact, and the swelling that comes afterward can be painful. OTC pain relievers may help with this pain as well as using ice and heat. If the pain is particularly bad or persists for more than a few days, see a medical provider.
Headaches are common after an auto accident as a symptom of whiplash or as a symptom of a closed head injury or a concussion. Although headaches are common after an accident, they should always be reported to a doctor because they can be indicators of something that does not appear serious at first, but can actually be a substantial and life-threatening injury.
Some accident victims develop a feeling of numbness or tingling in their arms, legs, hands, or feet after an accident. That symptom is usually an indicator of a pinched nerve. It is important to see a doctor about a pinched nerve as soon as possible. Other symptoms of a pinched nerve can include muscle spasms, muscle weakness, and sharp pain.
5. Traumatic Brain Injury
Some accidents can do more to your head than leave a mild concussion. The movement of your neck during whiplash can cause a head injury. You can hit your head during the crash, and your head can be punctured during a crash. If you think you may have a head injury after an accident, go immediately to the hospital. Explain that you have been in an accident and that you think you may have a head injury.
Some head injuries can cause permanent damage, while others are just temporary, but all types of head injuries benefit from prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Some injuries are not merely physical. Being involved in an auto accident can leave invisible scars of depression, anxiety, bad dreams, or panic attacks. If your mood changes after an accident, seek medical help. A doctor can help you receive cognitive therapy or prescribe medication to deal with your symptoms.