People get themselves treated for the most obvious injuries after an accident such as bruises, fractured limbs, lacerations etc. However, some injuries come to the surface many days, months or even years after the accident. Even if you miraculously walk away from an accident, you cannot ignore the fact that you might be hurt and hence getting yourself checked at the hospital is essential. Here are some of the delayed accident symptoms you need to watch out for and get treated immediately, before they turn into much serious issues.
Headaches or dizziness
Anything regarding your brain is no joke and is life threatening. If you have not undergone serious injuries in an accident, it is most likely that you get your bruises and scratches treated but don’t feel the need to get an x-ray of your head. Well, matter can get bad if you don’t identify an internal bleeding in your brain. If you have been getting headaches for a while, taking a few daily painkillers is not going to help. If you knocked your head but it didn’t really hurt you so you didn’t think it was that important to check out; well you are clearly wrong. Traumatic brain injury is caused when the brain strongly collides on the skull, making its soft tissue bleed, swell or bruise. Dizziness and vision problems are some other symptoms that relate to brain damage. You will be so focused on getting your limbs to recover so you’ll visit the physiotherapist Swanbourne quite often, however you’ll neglect the internal damage which will turn out to be much serious.
Tingling or numbness
If you are a diabetic, you will most probably ignore this considering it a symptom of diabetes. However, it means that you may have a herniated disc; where the soft ‘jelly’ pushes through a tear in the tougher exterior, irritating the nerves around it which then results in numbness in arms or legs. You may think that the physio sessions can heal it; however it needs to be treated from the inside. If not treated on time, chronic paralysis can occur.
Pain in the shoulders or neck
Such pain is caused by herniated disc, spinal injury or whiplash; when the victim experiences a sharp back-and-forth jerking motion centered in the neck. A whiplash occurs when the neck is extended beyond its range of motion, which pretty much takes place as you jerk forward when the car collides with a surface. Usually shoulder and neck pains take longer to appear than the rest but their seriousness is much higher. As you go back to your usual routine of work and sleep, you’ll realize that you cannot keep straight for a long time like before. Hence it is essential to get medical advice as soon as such symptoms take place.