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Don't Ignore Delayed Symptoms

Even if you have been involved in a minor fender bender, there is still a real possibility that you or your passengers may have been harmed. It is important to understand that even the least serious car accidents can result in delayed symptoms and hidden injuries.

Although the damage to your vehicle is evident, evaluating damage to your body can be more difficult. It is common for drivers and passengers to walk away after a crash with potentially severe musculoskeletal injuries without any knowledge.

Due to stress response immediately after a collision, your body’s defenses are triggered in full force. Any pain may be masked by endorphins produced by the body during and right after this type of traumatic experience. These endorphins can create temporary euphoria, which helps manage pain and stress. As soon as the “high” disappears, the hidden pain may start to become noticeable and excruciating.

The following are the most common delayed symptoms associated with car accidents:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Headaches
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Reduced range of motion or moving difficulties
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Spasms
  • Localized numbness or weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiffness in arms and shoulders
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of balance
  • Blurred vision
  • Concentration or reasoning difficulties
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleeplessness or problems with the ability to sleep
  • Anxiety and depression

The main point regarding any of these symptoms is to know whether or not you had them prior to the car accident. A loved one, a friend, or even your roommate can help identify any behavioral changes that may indicate a potential injury. If you did not have a symptom that you are currently experiencing, visit your doctor immediately.

If you require experienced and skilled rehabilitative care after suffering a serious injury in a car accident, contact QualCare Rehabilitation today.