What To Do If You Have Delayed Pain After A Car Accident

Being in a car accident, especially a minor one, can seem like a major inconvenience. Having to deal with police reports, the insurance companies, going to the doctor to make sure you aren’t injured, exchanging information with the other drivers and witnesses, renting another car, and waiting until your own car gets fixed, can be a pain. With any luck, your doctor will find that you have come through the incident with no delayed pain injuries.

But what if you start developing pain hours, days, or weeks after the accident? Delayed pain after accidents is more common than you may think. In fact, many people who walk away from the accident scene can develop intense pain just hours or days later. After being injured in a car accident your body releases endorphins, the natural pain killers that help reduce the perception of pain. Endorphins can stay in the body for days after an injury occurs, making it look like you didn’t receive any injuries at all. Endorphins are necessary to help us deal with pain but can make it difficult for us to realize just how badly we may have been hurt in an accident.


Common Car Accident Delayed Pain Injuries

Some of the most common types of delayed pain accident injuries include whiplash, contusions, muscle strains, etc. If you were in a car accident and develop the following types of delayed pain car accident soft tissue injuries, you should seek advice from a medical professional immediately.

  • Headaches – After a car accident, you may experience headache pain that is related to something as simple as stress, or as severe as whiplash, neck or brain injury, concussion, or even a blot clot.
  • Back Pain – Pain in the back, either lower or upper, can be an indication of whiplash, herniated disc(s), sprains, or other soft tissue injuries.
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain – This type of pain could be indicative of a spinal or disc injury, and may appear within hours or even days of the accident.
  • Abdominal Pain – This type of pain can be an indication of internal damage or hemorrhaging. If left unchecked, it can prove to be fatal. Seek medical attention immediately, even if it has been days since the accident happened. 
  • Numbness, Tingling, & Other Strange Sensations – These types of sensations can be an indication of pinch nerves and/or herniated discs. Don’t let them go unchecked. If you don’t get it checked by a doctor, it can result in permanent injuries.
  • PTSD, Anxiety, or Depression – Emotional pain and suffering can result from post-accident stress, or it can be a result of brain injury caused by the accident. Brain injuries can cause emotional changes, including a change in personality, as well as head pain.

Just to be safe, it is recommended that car accident victims see a doctor to make sure they haven’t been injured. It is possible that you were injured and don’t even know it. A doctor who understands car accident injuries and the effects accidents can have on the human body will be able to determine how bad your injuries are and can make recommendations to minimize further complications and schedule you for follow-up treatment if necessary.

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