Two Common Car Accident Injuries

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Car accidents are a time of extreme emotion and oftentimes chaotic activity. You are talking with emergency responders and police, witnesses and other occupants of your vehicle, and more. It can take time for both your body and your mind to process what has happened, which may mean that all of your injuries are not immediately apparent.

Injuries Not Always Immediately Seen After Car Accident

Some injuries are immediately apparent; others may take a day or two to appear. Be aware of what signs to look for and seek medical attention.

Here are two types of car accident injuries to watch out for.

Whiplash is when the muscles, tendons and ligaments of the neck are stretched. This is caused by the sudden impact of cars in an accident.

There are many different symptoms, but in general you might feel:

  • neck or upper back pain or stiffness
  • shoulder pain or stiffness
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • burning or itching sensation in the neck, shoulders or arms.

Soft tissue injuries are when the muscles, ligaments and tendons suffer bruising, stretching or tearing. Your ligaments connect bones to bones and tendons connect muscles to bones.

Symptoms to look for include:

  • muscle aches and pain
  • joint pain
  • limited flexibility and range of motion in the injured part of the body

Find out more about other types of car accident injuries.

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