There is a very common misconception regarding auto accidents that we at LIFETIME Spines would like to address, and that is the belief that the severity of an auto accident injury depends on the speeds and/or severity of the crash itself. This is simply not true as all accident circumstances are different, and no two people’s bodies will react in the exact same way even in the same situation. For example, if you were in a minor accident at speeds below 15 miles per hour, you may assume that you didn’t sustain any injuries; however, the majority of whiplash injuries are sustained at speeds slower than that. If you’ve been in an auto accident, be sure to pay attention to any of the following symptoms, which can often occur days or even weeks following the crash, and seek chiropractic care to find relief from your pain.
Auto collisions, especially if rear impact, can cause compressive damage to the lower back, and it is fairly common for car accident victims to experience back pain because of damage to the body’s soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, nerves, etc.) or even damage to the vertebrae in the spine. Many don’t notice any sort significant discomfort directly after the crash but become increasingly stiff as time goes on.
Even if they don’t immediately develop, the presence of headaches following a car accident can be a negative sign. Headaches can signal a wide variety of problems from a minor concussion to a serious blood clot. If you begin to experience headaches following an auto accident, it is important to seek advice from a professional in order to get the treatment you need quickly.
Abdominal Swelling or Pain
Both of these symptoms as well as areas of deep purple bruising on the body, fainting, and dizziness can all be symptoms of internal bleeding. It may take hours or even days for you to notice these symptoms, but you should seek emergency medical attention immediately if you begin to, as internal bleeding can be life-threatening.
Experiencing numbness or tingling after an auto accident could be an indication of a variety of conditions, including whiplash, a pinched nerve, a herniated disc, and other neck and back injuries. Seek professional help in getting an accurate diagnosis in order to properly treat your numbness symptoms.
Many people only associate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with military veterans, but anyone can develop this condition following any sort of traumatic event, including auto accidents. Symptoms of PTSD vary by individual and include intrusive flashbacks and dreams of the incident, a sense of reliving the experience, severe psychological distress, insomnia, irritability and short temperedness, issues with concentration, etc.
If you’re experiencing physical pain after an auto accident, seek chiropractic care to find relief. At LIFETIME Spines, we’re very experienced in treating auto accident injuries, and we can even help you with your insurance claim. Contact us for more information.