5 Injuries to Look Out For After a Car Crash

April 1, 2019

Oftentimes, injuries after a car crash are apparent because you immediately feel pain or discomfort.

Yet, this is not always the case. Sometimes, you can experience delayed symptoms from injuries caused by the car crash, so if you have been in a wreck recently, keep tabs on any and all symptoms that could indicate you have one or more of these injuries:


Herniated Discs


Sometimes the force of a car crash can cause the tissue between the vertebrae of your spine to expand or rupture, better known as a herniated disc. A herniated disc, in turn, can inflame and put pressure on other nerves in your back, which can cause excruciating pain, numbness, and even loss of control of some of your muscles. Some early symptoms to look out for include: arm or leg pain that becomes worse after sneezing or coughing, a tingling sensation in the back, and mild muscle weakness.


Traumatic Brain Injuries


If you happen to experience whiplash or your head comes in contact with something in your car during the car crash, you could possibly end up with a traumatic brain injury. This type of injury is not always detected right away, as the symptoms of forgetfulness, anger, less patience, or a personality change tend to show up over the weeks following the accident. If you experienced a concussion after the car crash, or even have experienced more frequent headaches, you should visit a neurological professional to see if you have a traumatic brain injury.


Knee Injuries


Many times, the driver or passenger in the front seat will be thrown forward and their knee will collide with the dashboard. Or, even if you slam on the brakes to prevent a crash, that intense force can be enough to cause injury. As a result of either of these, you can experience a number of injuries, from a shattered patella to a torn meniscus. The severity of this kind of injury is not usually apparent immediately following a car crash, but you would feel an increasing amount of pain and swelling in the coming days.


Shoulder Injuries


Because seatbelts only go over one shoulder, most of the force from a car crash can be focused on that shoulder alone. This can cause your body to twist, which can result in several types of shoulder injuries. These injuries can range from deep bruising to shoulder strains or even tears in the shoulder muscles or ligaments. Shoulder issues tend to get more severe over time and often become chronic, so if you experience any shoulder pain following a car crash, get it checked out immediately.