Do Not Ignore Symptoms After A Crash

On behalf of Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C.

Victims of car accidents in Wisconsin have a lot to deal with after a collision. They need to call the police, exchange information with the other driver, deal with property damage and possibly miss work. For those who have minor aches and pains, it may be easy to ignore them and avoid a trip to the emergency room or physician. However, injuries due to vehicular accidents can be serious, and unresolved symptoms can result in chronic pain and issues.

According to Healthline, one common injury is whiplash, and this occurs most frequently after a rear-end collision. Some of the typical symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain, especially with movement
  • Neck and shoulder stiffness
  • Tingling in hands and arms
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision 

Treatment for whiplash may involve a combination of chiropractic, ice, massage therapy and physical therapy. Patients who seek treatment right away will usually see their symptoms begin to subside within a couple weeks or months, and this helps prevent future issues in the area.

KTAR News discusses some additional injuries and symptoms that are common after a crash. Low back pain is typical after an accident that involves being hit from the side. Headaches may occur due to muscle tension, but they can also signal something more serious such as a blood clot or concussion.

Some of the symptoms are not physical, and a concussion can result in emotional and psychological symptoms. Some common ones are depression, irritability, memory loss, inability to concentrate and personality changes. Some accident victims may experience PTSD in the form of nightmares, anxiety being in the car or flashbacks.