June 06, 2019

Road injuries are responsible for between 20 and 50 million injuries each year. But broken bones and sore shoulders aren’t the only accident injuries to worry about. There are other, hidden car accident injuries that can cause as much, or more, long term pain. Keep reading to learn about these injuries and how you can detect them.


After an accident, you may feel soreness in your neck and back. You might also think that since you can still move freely, it isn’t anything to worry about. However, you’re not out of the clear yet. You may be suffering from whiplash, which can take days to manifest.

Common signs of whiplash include:

  • General soreness around the base of the spine
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep troubles
  • Sharp, needle-like pains in your neck

It’s important to take whiplash seriously. It doesn’t take a high-impact collision to cause massive amounts of pain. Whiplash can occur at speeds as low as five miles-per-hour.

Traumatic Brain Injury

The brain is a fascinating thing. It dictates everything from our mood to our meal preferences.Though a series of membranes serve as a buffer between the brain and skull, the brain is still one of the most vulnerable organs in our bodies. It only takes a sudden jolt to change a person’s brain for good. Almost any amount of impact between the brain and the skull is enough to cause an injury.

Traumatic brain injuries range from concussions to blackouts to mood swings. While most brain injuries are treatable, they’re still frightening and disruptive.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

It isn’t uncommon for those who were recently in a car accident to feel hesitant to get back behind the wheel. That’s perfectly understandable. But, if left untreated, that anxiety can have a great impact on one’s life. People struggling with PTSD might experience flashbacks when they get into a vehicle. They may also do everything in their power to stay out of a car.

Like traumatic brain injuries, PTSD is an invisible injury, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take it seriously. With the help of a mental health expert, it’s very much possible to overcome PTSD or learn strategies that can make your experience more manageable.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Now that you know what to look out for, let’s talk about a few things you should immediately do after a car crash. The most important thing you can do is go to the hospital. Even if you feel fine and don’t believe you’ve suffered an injury. All three of the car accident injuries we’ve discussed take varying amounts of time to show up. A doctor can request the necessary tests that will help identify the signs of these hidden injuries, allowing you to start your treatment sooner.

Once you’re cleared by a doctor, go ahead and set up an appointment with your chiropractor. They’ll have treatment options that offer quick pain relief, so you’ll be back on your feet in no time.

Watch out for These Car Accident Injuries

Car accident injuries aren’t always as apparent as we may think. Take care of yourself and consult a medical professional as soon as you can. You don’t have to live with pain after an accident. Make an appointment today and let us help you feel better.

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