It’s normal to have some general body aches and pains after a car accident. These aches may even linger for days or weeks afterward as your body adjusts. Yet, even if what you’re experiencing is normal soreness, it’s best to see your physician. Aches and pains may signal a more serious underlying car accident injury that needs medical care.
Aches & Pains That May Signal a More Serious Injury
Headaches are one of the most common pain symptoms after a car accident. They’re also a common symptom of underlying conditions such as:
- Blood clots
- Injury to your neck or head
Headaches can also signal traumatic brain injury, which results after the soft tissue of your brain meets the hard bones within your head.
Stomach pain may be the result of direct impact or a symptom of anxiety after your accident. Abdominal pain that comes with bruising and dizziness may be a sign of internal bleeding, which often goes unnoticed. Any abdominal pain, no matter how severe, should be checked out.
Car accidents affect more than your physical body. They can also take a toll on your mental and emotional health. Sadness after an accident is common as is anxiety. Moreover, anxiety, sadness or depression that seems to interfere with your daily life could be a sign of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Back pain is quite common after an accident. Pain throughout your upper or lower back may also be a sign of a herniated disc, a soft tissue injury, a sprain or whiplash. Pain that’s accompanied by numbness or tingling may signal a pinched nerve.
Back pain can be debilitating, no matter the cause. It’s best to talk to a doctor about treatment to ensure you’re able to move forward as pain-free as possible.
Don’t Ignore Your Pain Symptoms
Whatever your symptoms, don’t ignore them. Seek medical care as soon as possible after your accident. While you may feel okay in the moment, injuries are known to appear in the days and weeks after your accident.