Car accident victims might feel no pain and show no obvious signs of injury immediately after a crash. While this can be a good sign, it does not necessarily mean that the body hasn’t sustained damage. Headaches, like back pain, may develop hours, days or even weeks after an accident occurs.
If you have recently been in a car accident and are currently experiencing headaches, it’s important to see a doctor right away. The reason? Headaches can be a symptom of potentially serious injuries to the back, neck and brain. Ignoring headaches can enable the advancement of potentially severe conditions that could include long-term debilitating effects.
Identifying The Source Of Headaches
The same forces that bend and mangle the reinforced steel frame of a car in an auto crash can severely injure a vehicle’s occupants. The violent movements inherent in an accident can put great pressure on the head as well as the tendons and ligaments in the neck and the back.
Headaches are often the first sign of an injury to the brain, neck or back. This pain may be accompanied by additional symptoms that include:
- bruises on the head
- loss of consciousness
- sensory issues
- nausea or vomiting
Any of the above symptoms could indicate a concussion or another more serious head injury. A physician can administer a diagnostic test, like an MRI or a CAT scan, to determine what injuries are. If the diagnosis is an injury to the brain, treatment might include rest or, depending upon the severity of the injury, surgery.
If, however, a medical examination rules out trauma to the brain as the underlying cause of the headaches, treatment will depend on their source. Headaches caused by strains or sprains to ligaments, tendons or muscles in the neck could be treated with a combination of rest, physical therapy and medications such as anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants.
Recovering After An Accident
If you’re recovering from car accident injuries, you likely have concerns about how well you’ll recover. Depending on the stage of your injuries, you may feel a lot of uncertainty about your health outlook. At the same time, you may worry about how you’ll pay for medical treatments and fear that headaches will have a debilitating effects that limit your long-term ability to work.
One route you can explore for safeguarding the future for you and your family is to pursue compensation for damages you’ve sustained in the car accident. If another person was responsible for the crash, you may be able to obtain compensation of medical bills, property replacement costs, lost wages and other damages. An experienced lawyer can be an invaluable guide in the process, allowing you to focus on healing from injuries.