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Subtle Symptoms to Be Aware of After a Car Accident

The two things that we tend to look for the most after a car accident is whether we are “okay” and whether or not there is damage to our vehicle. But while the damage to our vehicle is generally fairly evident, that’s not always the case when it comes to our bodies. Sometimes, we do not even know that we have suffered any injuries until a few days after, and to make matters worse, what may appear to be slight ailments externally could actually be serious internal injuries. Here are the most important subtle symptoms to look for after you’ve been in a car accident.


You may not think much of them, as headaches are one of the most commonly experienced pains after an accident. This is especially true because most of the time they go away on their own leaving you no permanent or long-lasting damage. However, for some accident victims, a headache can be indicative of a more serious and sometimes life-threatening ailments, such as a blood clot or a brain injury.

Shoulder & Neck Pain

Whiplash, the forceful back-and-forth motion of the neck, also commonly occurs upon the impact of a crash. This can have an effect on the shoulders as well. Again, though not of much concern, pain in the neck or shoulders can signify something more concerning, such as a spinal injury. Therefore, it’s important to take note of any stiffness you may experience.

Abdominal Pain

Another very subtle symptom that is important to be aware of after a car accident is any type of abdominal or stomach pain. The biggest issue with abdominal pain is that sometimes it is extremely subtle, even elusive, but can be extremely serious. Internal injuries do occur and if you experience any type of pain in your stomach or abdominal area, you should be sure to seek immediate medical attention.

Back Pain

Back pain is one of those symptoms that could easily be overlooked. It is not uncommon to experience back pain following a car accident, as the back often takes in some of the trauma of impact. But while it is common and could be something very minor, you should also be aware that it could be something more serious. If you experience any back pain post-auto-accident, especially numbness or tingling, it is advisable that you seek medical attention.


Whiplash can cause numbness, which can be indicative of a pinched nerve or injury to your spinal cord. Be aware of any lack of feeling or sensation as well as any tingling in your hands and arms.

Behavioral Changes

Motor vehicle crashes are the third most common cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the second leading cause of death from these injuries. If you or someone close to you notices changes in your personality, or if you have hearing issues, vision issues, depression, or problems with memory, seek medical attention immediately. This could be indicative of a TBI.


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is a mental disorder that may occur after someone has lived through a traumatic event, such as a car accident. While it can initially prove difficult to notice, it can worsen over time and negatively impact your quality of life.

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