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Don’t ignore a headache after a car accident

On Behalf of | Oct 29, 2021 | Auto Accident Injuries |

Many people in Oklahoma who are seemingly uninjured following an accident will be reluctant to seek immediate medical attention, but this is a bad decision for many who have potentially suffered internal injuries. Some apparently moderate injuries will not manifest until later, and often there is more damage done during the wait. The fact there is no external damage does not mean there is no serious ongoing problem inside. This is especially true for those with head or neck injuries. When pain does develop, it is a sure sign that something is amiss physically.

Head injuries

A bump on the head can be a much worse problem than injured victims realize. Just because the skeletal bone is not swelling immediately from the impact does not mean internal swelling is not happening. And there can be problems other than the internal bruising, as the brain sits in fluid that has nowhere to go except down the spine. A headache well after the fact can be an indication of this medical issue, and time is of the essence with all head and neck injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident. Even a minor concussion can create major problems later in life.

Neck injuries

Whiplash is easily one of the most common head and neck injuries after a car crash, and it can be much more than the name suggests. It is true that the head can be tossed in a variety of directions depending on the type of vehicle impact, and violent shifts can pull muscles and tendons throughout the chest and neck area. Even the brain can be impacted, often resulting in a headache as a sign of injury.

The truth about a head or neck injury is that if the head is hurting, something is wrong.