If you have been involved in a car accident it is not unusual for your pain to get worse as time passes. As with any accident it is necessary for you to look out for injuries with delayed symptoms, resulting in late appearing injuries.
Some of the most common late appearing injuries in car accidents include the following:
Late Appearing Injuries: Soft tissue injuries and whiplash
The most common delayed injuries are soft tissue injuries also known as whiplash. Whiplash is understood as a pain in the neck but can affect any part of the spine. Some symptoms associated with whiplash include the following:
- difficulty moving
- stiffness in arms and shoulders
- muscle spasms
- slow reflexes
- numbness or weakness in affected area
Whiplash can surface days, weeks or even months after the car accident that caused the injuries. The symptoms associated with whiplash can make life unpleasant and everyday tasks considerably difficult. Treatment for whiplash includes physical therapy and chiropractic manipulation.
Late Appearing Injuries: Concussions
The Mayo Clinic defines concussion as “a concussion is a traumatic brain injury that affect your brain function. Violently shaking the head and upper body also can cause concussions.” Concussions may not be immediately evident especially if you do not have someone who is familiar with you and can judge your post-accident behavior. A key defining characteristic of concussion is that there may be some sort of (temporary) loss of brain function which may result in different problems, such as:
- loss of balance
- blurred or double vision
- difficulty reasoning or concentrating
- depression or anxiety
“About 5 to 7% of people who are hospitalized with a concussion will have a post-traumatic seizure at some point in their lives and this could even be 15 years after the accident”.