Symptoms to Look for After a Car Accident

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be a pain. But outside of dealing with the headache of insurance and car repairs, if you are dealing with real physical pain, you may need medical attention. There are many symptoms to look for. These pains can manifest immediately or even weeks after a car wreck.

Neck and Shoulder Pain
Stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulder are very common after a car accident. Often, they are a result of whiplash or the sudden movement that occurs in a wreck. Because your seatbelt wraps around one shoulder, that shoulder can take a significant amount of force. This can lead to bruising, discoloration, damage to tendons, and so on.
Neck and shoulder pain will not always appear immediately after an accident, these symptoms can be delayed up to a week. If you have shoulder and neck pain that lingers after an accident, you should see a medical professional to avoid any possible future pain or lasting effects.

Headaches and Dizziness
Headaches and dizziness—another common symptom of a car accident. These are usually signs of a concussion. Any sort of sudden jolt or bump can cause your brain to move in your skull which leads to a concussion. The seriousness of a concussion will vary based on severity, but because it is a brain injury it’s best to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Back Pain and Numbness
Post-accident back pain can mean several things. You could just be bruised, but a herniated disc is also a possibility. Force from a collision can cause tissue between the vertebrae of the spine to rupture. A herniated disc can also cause numbness and loss of control of your muscles. Numbness and tingling anywhere on the body could mean a herniated disk.

Abdominal Pain and Swelling
A stomach ache or abdominal swelling after an accident could mean internal injuries or internal bleeding. This is another symptom that can be delayed. If this symptom does occur, you may require emergency care.