Most Common Non-Visible Injuries Caused by Auto Accidents
A fight or flight response is a common reaction when airbags deploy during an automobile accident. Your immediate response is fueled by adrenaline but as you examine your body for injuries and none are visible, you may think you’re in the clear but as days go by, that might change. Even a minor accident can transfer significant force throughout your body so a delay in pain is not abnormal. Impact Medical Group in St. Petersburg shares the four most common non-visible injuries sustained by auto accidents and what to look for.
Concussions are a frequent auto accident injury that can first appear quietly but soon are amplified by the symptoms it produces. Often caused by a blow to the head, concussion symptoms first appear mild but can increase quickly. Common symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea and/or vomiting, and speech changes. Delayed symptoms may include light and noise sensitivity, concentration problems, irritability, and more.
Also known as cervical acceleration-deceleration (CAD) syndrome, whiplash occurs when the head and neck are quickly thrust backward and then forward. This causes stress on the cervical spine located in the neck and can result in several symptoms. Neck pain, shoulder pain, and headaches can be mild or excruciating. Left untreated, it can also lead to future complications like pinched nerves, concussions, or shoulder injuries.
3. Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue damage can present itself in whiplash and back injuries but also in lesser-known places like shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries. Because pain may be delayed, often these injuries are not associated with an accident mistakenly by the injured party.
4. Internal injuries
This serious injury can appear delayed but because it is life-threatening, make sure to look out for the following symptoms after your accident. Tingling, loss of coordination, weakness, or numbness on one side of your body are some of the signs that should be noted.
If you think you are experiencing non-visible pain from an auto accident injury, call (727) 722-8103 or send a message to speak with the team at Impact Medical Group in St. Petersburg. They can work with you to create a customized care plan that will fit your needs.