A lot goes through your mind when you are in a car crash. Sometimes, the emotional and physical impact of your crash doesn't really "set in" until a few days after the accident occurs. There are many injuries related to car crashes that may not be immediately apparent right after the accident happens. For example, many common injuries that can show up in the days or weeks following an accident include whiplash, headaches, back and neck pain, fogginess and disorientation, and emotional effects.
Sometimes, people who are victims of a car crash often experience concussions or another form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Although the signs associated with this injury may not immediately be present, the symptoms may manifest themselves days or weeks later. Many common symptoms related to TBIs include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, changes in sleep patterns, and gaps in or loss of portions of memory. Other more immediate symptoms may include vomiting and/or loss of vision.
How much do you really know about whiplash? Read more below to educate yourself on this very common type of accident injury.
Have you ever been involved in a busy sports game and initially felt fine, but experienced significant pain days and weeks later? The same is true for car accidents. Even when they seem small at first, these car accidents can have lasting effects that can influence both your work and personal life. What are some of the long-term indications of a car accident injury? They may range from the psychological to the physical.
You've probably heard about whiplash before, especially as it relates to car accidents. However, do you really know what the medical condition is and what the treatments are?Whiplash is a painful and common cause of complaint after an injury such as an automobile accident. Also known as Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD), this disorder is characterized by soft tissue damage to the neck and upper spinal area, and in some cases the face and back as well. Due to the sudden flexion and extension of the neck following an accident such as an automobile collision, the body does not have enough time to compensate for the sudden change in motion and reacts by snapping the head front and back. Unfortunately, this puts too much strain on the neck muscles and can lead to lasting pain, chronic headaches, restricted range of motion, and dizziness for months following an injury. In some cases, the pain associated with whiplash is so severe that it interferes with work and sleep, thus leading to both fatigue and irritability. In even more severe cases, these problems can develop into depression and lowered cognitive abilities, such as problems with memory and concentration. Disc herniation may also have occurred during the accident and will need to be addressed by a physician.
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