Car Accident Injury: Delayed Onset

Orange County Car Accident Solution
Dr Barry L Marks Chiropractic Auto Accident Injury Specialist
Orange County, CA

Symptoms from an auto accident may be delayed.
Medical experts and researchers from around the globe have found evidence that many cases of “whiplash” type injuries from car accidents can remain hidden for weeks, months and sometimes even years before tell-tale symptoms emerge.1,2,3,4,5,6

The symptoms of auto accident related injuries can include:

  • headaches
  • neck pain
  • neck stiffness
  • numbness in hands
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • nausea
  • irritability
  • visual disturbances (double vision, blurred vision, loss of sharpness, floaters)

A delay in symptoms is common
Auto accident injuries are much more prevalent and more serious than many people realize. And contrary to what many insurance adjusters would have you believe, it is quite common for injuries to slowly evolve over a period of days to even months. This is particularly true of lower speed car accident collisions with milder forms of neck sprains.

In these low impact cases, the soft tissue damage is subtle and can be totally silent immediately after the accident. Over a period of time, inflammation sets in and causes swelling of tissues and the release of chemicals that cause irritation to the nervous system and eventually muscle spasm. It is not until these factors reach a certain critical mass that the actual injury is felt as stiffness, soreness, numbness, irritability, headache, etc.

That is why many car accident victims will initially report to the police or paramedics that they are uninjured, yet days, weeks or longer afterwards, the true injury emerges. If you have suffered an auto accident and your symptoms were delayed, it is because your injury was slowly evolving, but does not mean it isn’t serious. Even milder neck injuries have been shown to result in premature arthritis and neurologic problems if left untreated.

Immediate symptoms may mean a worse condition
If you’ve suffered an accident and feel these symptoms immediately or the day following an accident, it is a sign of more than just a mild injury and you should be evaluated by an auto accident injury specialist immediately. Symptoms that come on more quickly and/or are more severe generally point to a more severe ligament, disc or nerve injury and treatment will have the best outcome if not delayed.

Whichever scenario is yours, slowly evolving or immediate symptoms, you need to be evaluated by a specialist right away to accurately diagnose your injuries, begin a specific treatment program designed to fix your problem, prevent future damage and to document your injuries for possible legal action if necessary.

Dr. Barry L. Marks, DC Auto Accident Specialist
Dr. Marks is a Doctor of Chiropractic, and a former Associate Clinical Professor at a leading Chiropractic College. He has specialized in auto accident injury and spinal trauma for over 22 years. His specialized office, Orange Spine & Disc Rehabilitation Center in Orange, CA is dedicated to locating, documenting and relieving pain and disability associated with traumatic spinal injuries. His expert opinion is often sought by insurance companies, other doctors and attorneys on difficult car accident cases.

Free Auto Accident Severity Consultation with noted Expert, Dr. Barry L. Marks, DC
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