Symptoms to Watch Out for After a Car Accident

Car accidents, whether serious or minor, are sudden, traumatic events that can leave you feeling very shaken. Different people react differently to crashes, and this can affect how they deal with injuries. In cases where the crash is minor, most people may not realize that they have been injured. 


Unless the injury is visible such as a broken limb, it may not be obvious that you have been hurt. Some symptoms can take more than a day to manifest. Here are some symptoms that you should watch out for after a car accident.


Neck Stiffness or Pain


Whiplash is one of the most common conditions associated with car accidents. The condition is also one of those that may not be obvious immediately after the crash. Whiplash is a general term describing different symptoms that affect the neck and shoulders. Neck stiffness or pain may indicate that you have whiplash from a sudden jerking motion during the accident. If you experience any neck or shoulder pain, seek medical attention. 


Back Pain 


Car accidents are a leading cause of chronic back pain. If you experience pain in your back, you need immediate medical attention. The pain could be due to different issues, including pinched nerves, muscle injury, or worn ligaments. 


The pain could also indicate damage to the spinal bones. Get a proper diagnosis to determine the right treatment. Visiting a chiropractor will help ensure that you get the best treatment to avoid long-term back pain.


Headaches or Migraines


Most people experience headaches after a car accident. The headaches may differ in severity, and they can indicate an underlying issue or injury. In many cases, headaches can be the first sign of a serious issue. They can indicate the presence of a blood clot in the head, brain, or neck. Headaches can signal the beginning of a concussive injury. A headache after a car accident is something that you should never ignore. 




A concussion is a term that describes a form of traumatic brain injury. This is a common condition after car accidents. A concussion can occur due to the brain slamming against the skull from the force of the crash. 


Violent jerking of the head or a blow to the head can cause a concussion. Signs of the condition include headaches, dizziness, confusion, mood swings, slow response times, and changes in sleep patterns. Other signs are sensitivity to light, nausea, and memory loss.


Changes in Personality


If you suddenly feel different after a car accident, get immediate help. Changes in personality or function can be a sign of a brain injury. Some people experience depression, moodiness, or irritability after an accident. You should not ignore the change as it can be a symptom of something more serious. Having difficulty focusing, moving, and thinking could also indicate the presence of a brain injury. 


Other symptoms you should look out for after an accident include: 


  • Numbness in the hands and arms

  • Facial injuries

  • Burns

  • Cuts and scrapes

You should get emergency care immediately after a car accident. A thorough checkup will help determine if you have internal injuries.


For more on the symptoms to watch out for after a car accident, contact Eisman Chiropractic Clinic at our office in Detroit, Michigan. You can call us at (313) 395-0088 today to schedule an appointment.

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