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3 injuries that take time to appear after a car accident

It appears as though car accidents are only becoming more commonplace in Alabama. An article from the University of Alabama found that the number of fatal collisions in the state increased by a quarter between 2015 and 2016. 

Most car accidents do not result in a fatality, but they can cause serious injuries. Anyone involved in a crash should see a doctor immediately. This is an important step even if the person feels all right. There are several health problems that take time to develop, and people should receive a proper diagnosis as soon as possible. 

1. Traumatic brain injuries

Whiplash commonly causes people to whip their heads against the headrest. This may not cause problems immediately, but over time, brain function can appear impaired. Traumatic brain injuries can cause people's personalities to change over time or cause them to become more forgetful. It can take months for these symptoms to develop. 

2. Herniated discs

This is another result of whiplash. The impact can cause vertebrae in the spine to rupture or balloon out. This puts additional pressure on all the nerves within the spine. Over time, various problems arise, including: 

  • Loss of control in muscles
  • Loss of feeling within certain parts of the body
  • Extreme pain
  • Numbness
  • Stiff neck

Occasionally, these symptoms appear immediately. However, for some people, it will take several weeks for the symptoms to appear, which is why it is so critical to see a doctor posthaste. 

3. Psychological damage

Anyone who undergoes a traumatic event, such as a car crash, can experience psychological harm, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. After a collision, some people even develop phobias of cars and cannot get inside one no matter what. Psychological care can help immensely, and it will become a lot more effective if the person receives treatment quickly. Physicians can identify problems before they escalate, so doctors recommend getting professional help immediately following a crash. 

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