Delayed Car Accident Injury Symptoms
August 08, 2019

Immediately following a car accident, you may be confused and shocked. It’s even possible that you don’t feel any injury symptoms. Post car accident injury symptoms can take days and weeks to appear. That’s why you want to watch for these delayed injury symptoms any time you’ve been involved in a car crash.

1. Headaches

Headaches continue to be the most common post car accident symptom. You might wake up the following day with a splitting headache, or the symptom can take several days.

Vision issues also lead to headaches or even migraines. No matter what the cause, you don’t want to ignore it because it could be something as severe as a brain injury.

Some of the most common causes for a post-crash headaches include:

  • Tension
  • Concussion
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Whiplash
  • Post-traumatic stress

2. Neck or Shoulder Pain

These pains occur following an accident for several reasons:

  • Nerve damage
  • Stress
  • Tension
  • Tissue damage
  • Muscle, joint, or tendon injuries

Many times, shoulder and neck pain stem from whiplash or a concussion. There are also more severe causes you don’t want to ignore. Prompt treatment from a qualified chiropractor is the key to alleviating pain and future damage.

3.  Eating or Sleeping Changes

After being involved in a car accident, it’s not uncommon to face a loss of appetite caused by stress, depression, a concussion, or an upset stomach. If your decreased appetite begins to interfere with your health, you want to seek help.

Keep in mind it’s also common to over-eat because of the stress. Again, a professional can help provide the coping skills needed to get you back on track.

You might also encounter trouble sleeping at night, whether caused by nightmares or feeling pain. With chiropractic help, it’s possible to find relief needed so you can fall asleep fast and get the rest you and your body require to heal.

4. Mood or Behavior Changes

Most of the time, your loved ones notice the change in your behavior before you do. These changes can stem from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, or a concussion. Look for signs of withdrawing, mood swings, and irritability.

As you begin to recover from the accident, quality chiropractic care helps you seek the physical, mental, and emotional support you require.

5. Numbness or Tingling

Watch for feelings of tingling or numbness in your shoulder, neck, back, and extremities. These indicate tissue or nerve damage. Pinched nerves become quite painful and require intervention for treatment. Chiropractic care offers the long-term relief you desire.

6. Bruising

You might not notice bruising right away. If you injure internal organs, bones, or tissue, the delayed bruising takes time to make its way to the skin’s surface.

If discoloration, bruising, or tenderness continues to persist, it’s vital to seek chiropractic help to determine the cause and prevent future injury. It’s important that you don’t ignore minor symptoms.

7. Stiffness and Swelling

Many people go hours or days after an accident before realizing how stiff or swollen they are. You might go to bed feeling fine and wake up unable to move.

Sprains, damaged tissue, and pulled muscles attempt to fix themselves, which leads to further swelling. This swelling then increases stiffness and inhibits your range of motion, leading to a vicious cycle you can’t escape.

Treatment for swelling and stiffness includes:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Rest
  • Elevation
  • Ice
  • Immobilization

8. Changes in Vision

Blurred vision, dizziness, or double vision all point to severe trouble and must be addressed in a quick manner. It can take weeks for these symptoms to show up after a car accident. Whiplash, concussions, and post-traumatic stress tends to be the underlying cause.

Because these symptoms can take time to appear, it’s vital to get immediate attention to ensure a larger problem isn’t to blame.

9. Changes in Hearing

Ringing in the ears is often seen as an annoyance, but it could point to larger delayed injury symptoms. During post-accident, you might experience ringing because of the loud impact, which can be a result of a concussion, shock, or stress.

If you notice any hearing change following a car accident, it’s always wise to get your chiropractor’s advice to prevent any further damage.

10. Back Pain

One day you might feel fine, and the next, you’re facing debilitating back pain. It might start as a simple muscle tightness or generalized discomfort, which can mean there is an underlying issue to be solved.

If the pain shoots down your extremities or spine, you might have pinched or damaged nerves. Sciatica starts in the lower back and travels down your leg in the form of shooting pain or a constant ache.

Only a qualified chiropractor can tell what’s causing your pain and treat it promptly.

11. Whiplash

This neck injury occurs when your head and neck get thrown forward during impact. This overextends the nerves, joints, and muscles. Most whiplash cases appear within 12 hours to five days after an accident. Symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Trouble sleeping

If you suffer from whiplash, treatment takes time. You require help from a trained car accident injury chiropractor for a healthy recovery.

Protect Yourself

Once you’ve experienced a car accident, you must document every symptom you have. To retain your medical benefits, you must see a doctor and declare injuries within 14 days. Early detection of injuries makes them easier to treat and can prevent pain and lead to less harm on your body down the road.

County Line Chiro Helps

If you’ve been in an accident in South Florida, you deserve the best treatment. At County Line Chiropractic, we provide an all-natural and safe alternative to surgery. Our chiropractic adjustments and therapy correct post-accident issues quickly.

There’s no need to start taking pain medications; we get to the heart of the issue and treat it accordingly. Relieving your symptoms naturally is what we pride ourselves on.

With our professional services, we serve Miami Gardens, North Miami Beach, Plantation, Pembroke Pines, and Lauderhill. Our team also welcomes walk-ins, if you need immediate relief.

We’ve been serving post-car accident patients just like you for more than 30 years. Our team understands what it takes to get you pain-free and back to a normal life quickly. When delayed injury symptoms seek to stop your life, visit one of our six convenient locations for prompt treatment.

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