Car accidents may do more than leave you without reliable transportation. The effects on your body may prove longer-lasting and more serious than you believe after the incident.
As reported by KPLC News, car accidents continue to rise. Even in low-impact crashes, you may experience injuries. Pay particular attention to a headache before it becomes a catastrophic health event.
What is your body telling you?
While a headache is not necessarily a sign of something serious every time you get one, it is a different story when it happens within hours of a crash. If you take measures to counter the pain, such as an over-the-counter pain reliever, and it does not work, or if the pain becomes more intense, you may have sustained a traumatic brain injury.
What is a traumatic brain injury?
A TBI is one of the most severe consequences of a car accident. You may not believe this applies to your symptoms because you did not hit your head; however, that is not the only mechanism of injury for a TBI. The space in your skull gives your brain plenty of room to slide, and if the force of the crash jerked your head, the brain likely struck the skull leaving it bruised. If the bleeding does not stop, pressure builds, and you may wind up having a stroke event if left unattended.
What might a TBI mean for your future?
When a part of the brain sustains untreated damage, you may develop permanent effects. You may lose some of your bodily function, such as partial immobility in one spot or another. You may also experience cognitive difficulties, such as memory releases and trouble concentrating.
A TBI can severely alter the course of your life. It is to get a full medical exam after an accident, even if you think you feel fine.