Following a car accident, the immediate concern is often the visible injuries and the sustained property damage. Unfortunately, many people overlook the fact that some injuries are not immediately apparent. Spinal injuries are particularly concerning.
There are a few common warning signs to watch for after your accident.
Lingering neck or back pain
While it is common to experience soreness after a car accident, persistent neck or back pain that lingers for days or weeks may be indicative of an underlying spinal injury.
Numbness or tingling sensations
Numbness or tingling sensations in your extremities, such as your arms, hands, legs or feet, could be a sign of nerve compression or damage to the spinal cord. These symptoms may not be immediately apparent and can develop gradually.
You might experience some changes in mobility with a spinal injury. Sometimes these injuries can lead to difficulty walking, balance issues or challenges with fine motor skills. These changes can impact daily life and may be subtle at first, making them easy to dismiss. However, recognizing and addressing these alterations in a timely manner can help you prevent further complications.
Recent statistics indicate that 39.3% of spinal cord injuries result from car accidents. Understanding the significance of how your car accident might affect your risk of back injuries can help you recognize when you need to watch for potential symptoms. Spinal injuries can lead to long-term complications without timely care. The sooner you recognize the signs of a potential injury, the sooner you can seek medical intervention.