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Auto Accident

Pay attention to these four common signs of injury after a car accident. If you exhibit any of these symptoms, it’s a wise decision to get checked out!

 

Car Accident Injury Symptoms

Of course, many people realize immediately they’re after a car accident. Their symptoms are clear and obvious. Unfortunately, other times car accident victims don’t feel or see any immediate signs of injury. But they’re still at risk for hidden issues that may surface later on.

It may feel a bit silly to go see a medical professional when you’re not in pain. But an injury which delivers delayed pain is a very real thing to watch out for, and if you exhibit any of these signs, it’s certainly a wise move to get checked out.

Numbness

Tingling in your hands or arms may indicate whiplash, pinched nerves, or herniated discs. Shoulder and neck pains aren’t always present. In the case of a sudden stop or impact, you may have sustained some damage to nerves in the spinal column.

Abdominal Pain

Nausea and pain around your stomach are indicators of possible internal bleeding. It can continue for days without presenting more serious problems.  If you’re noticing deep bruising, experiencing light-headedness, or fainting, it’s time to seek immediate medical attention.

Headaches

Headaches, dizziness, and vision problems can stem from several different problems. To name a few:

    • Blood clots
    • Concussions
    • Whiplash
    • Internal bleeding
    • Herniated discs

Headaches after a car accident can indicate serious issues. Especially considering that if you experienced a concussion, you may not recall hitting your head during the accident. If you’re experiencing headaches after an auto accident, get evaluated as soon as possible.

Neck, Back, and Shoulder Pain

Neck and shoulder pain after an auto accident is a telltale sign of whiplash. If your neck or shoulder’s range of motion feels restricted, you’re hearing ringing in your ears, or the muscles are just feeling tender or stiff, it’s time to get checked out. Older folks and those who have experienced whiplash in the past are susceptible to more complications from it.

Back pain can range from a simple pulled muscle all the way to pinched nerves and sciatica. If you’re feeling pain into the buttocks or down the leg, it could be a sign of sciatic nerve issues. Nerve pain is tricky – it can come and go without warning .

Been in an Accident? Let’s Get Checked Out

If left untreated, these common issues can extend their effects for months or even years after a car accident. But with the help of an experienced chiropractor, prolonged symptoms can be absolved altogether.

Your first stop for Chiropractic treatment after a car accident is right here at West End. Come see us – pain relief is just around the corner.

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