After a car accident, you may have no idea what to do next. While you are dealing with vehicle damage and insurance claims, you may forget to take care of yourself, especially if you think the accident was a minor one. No matter how minor or severe the car accident was, you must visit an injury doctor as soon as possible. This is extremely important for possible lawsuits, and any hidden health concerns that can be detected only with a proper medical evaluation.
Let’s take a closer look at a few car crash injuries that may not present themselves immediately after an accident.
Whiplash is a common injury sustained in car accidents. Unfortunately, whiplash can appear days or even weeks after a crash. Whiplash is the result of the neck being forced forward abruptly and suddenly getting snapped back. This can strain the spine and can cause neck and back pain, headaches, and even tinnitus.
Soft tissue injuries
Some soft tissue injuries may not be as visible but even more harmful than other injuries. For example, torn muscles, tendons, or ligaments, are extremely serious and can lead to extreme pain, if left untreated. Fortunately, these injuries can be easily diagnosed and treated if the doctor can have a look at them at as soon as possible.
Back and neck injuries
The impact of a crash may lead to back and neck injuries, like sprains, fractures, and disc and spine injuries. Car accident victims often assume that they’re just sore after the crash and don’t see a doctor. But this could worsen if left untreated. With early diagnosis, back and neck injuries can be treated properly.
Many injuries may not be immediately noticeable after an accident, especially if they’re internal injuries. Seeing a doctor right away can help you receive proper diagnosis and treatment.