Just a few hours after that traffic accident, you do not feel right. There are aches and pains that were not present before. Whether a headache, back pain or abdominal discomfort, do not ignore it. These delayed symptoms may be a sign of something more serious.
It is crucial to seek medical treatment after a crash. However, sometimes, those ailments do not surface right away. The pain may not surface for hours, weeks and even months after your injury. And, sometimes, that pain may lead to death.
Back, abdominal and neck pain
Delayed symptoms from a traffic collision are not uncommon. You must recognize those symptoms when they surface and seek prompt medical attention. Here is a list of some of those symptoms:
- Headaches: They may start off as mild, then gradually become worse, leading to fatigue and dizziness. They are signs of a possible concussion, traumatic brain injury and bleeding on the brain.
- A personality change: This may be linked to a head injury. There have been incidents where people become depressed, more irritable and aggressive, and have mood swings.
- Abdominal discomfort: The bruising and swelling grow worse and may be a sign of internal bleeding to organs such as the spleen, liver, heart and lungs.
- Back pain: It may start in the lower back and creep up the rest of the spine. This may lead to a lifetime of back ailments and a series of surgeries, including spinal fusion.
- Shoulder and neck pain and stiffness: These are potential signs of whiplash, leading to chronic pain, damaged neck joints, ligaments and discs.
- Tingling and numbness: Loss of feeling in the legs and arms are a sign of nerve damage. A whiplash injury may cause this.
The pain may gradually worsen, so it is critical to promptly seek medical attention.
No injury is minor
No matter how minor the injury, it is important to seek medical attention after a motor vehicle crash. You do not want to experience any surprises such as a delayed symptom that likely means a much more serious injury.