Do You Have a Head Injury from Your Car Accident?
Dr Barry Marks, Chiropractor, Car Accident Injury Specialist
If you suffered a car accident, even one in which very little vehicle damage was suffered, you may still have a head injury.
Car accidents are unique events in which our bodies are subjected to tremendous forces that can and do harm to our sensitive spinal structures even when our cars do not. The human spine can be damaged with a rear impact collision at only 2.5 mph. The average car can absorb an impact of more than 10 mph and not show any visible signs of damage. In live crash reconstructions at the Spine Research Institute in San Diego, CA, researchers amazingly found that test cars could collide at over 20 mph and not show even a scratch! That’s almost 10x above the human threshold for injury.
How do you know if you’ve suffered a head injury?
If you experienced any of these symptoms immediately after the accident, you had an altered state of consciousness and most likely a concussion:
- Seeing stars
- Felt like floating
- Very sleepy
- Had difficulty speaking
- Difficulty understanding people at the scene
Less obvious symptoms of a car head injury include:
- Lack of concentration
- Tongue tied
- Sensitive to light or sound
Many ER, Family Medical and General Chiropractors fail to diagnose head injuries, even with the above history and symptoms. This results in many people being totally unaware of the fact that they are walking around with head injuries.