Vehicle accidents are generally horrific experiences — even when the damage is not severe. Everyone reacts differently to a crash. Some experience a mental fog, making it difficult to think or focus. Others might find their minds flooded by thoughts and concerns.
In addition to the mental trauma and emotional disorientation, sometimes vehicle accidents cause physical damage that’s hard to notice amidst immediate distractions. Even serious physical issues might not present any signs for several days.
For those who have been in an accident, here are some of the more common symptoms that can appear several days later.
Headaches that develop several days after a vehicle accident are common. Sometimes they can signal a potentially serious problem, such as, a blood clot on the brain, injury to the neck or head or even a serious concussion.
Neck or shoulder pain or stiffness
Whiplash is the classic delayed symptom injury associated with accidents. Most cases of whiplash injury occur as the result of rear-end vehicle collisions at speeds of less than 14 miles per hour. Whiplash injuries can be serious and may require x-rays, CT scans or MRIs for proper diagnosis.
Back pain that appears after an accident could be caused by injury to the muscles, ligaments or nerves in the back or even by damage to the vertebrae.
Loss of feeling in arms and hands is another indication of whiplash injury. The loss of feeling results from damage to the neck or spinal column. Certain studies indicate that about 20 percent of people involved in rear-end vehicle accidents develop some symptoms of whiplash.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is common after a vehicle accident. PTSD victims often have vivid and disturbing memories of the event and nightmares. Sometimes victims feel as if the accident is recurring or have flashbacks. Children are especially susceptible.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Dr. Dean M. Zusmer to schedule your initial evaluation at Miami Accident Center.
Dr. Dean M. Zusmer
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