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Concussions after a minor crash

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2023 | Car Accidents, Personal Injury |

Getting into an accident could be stressful, even if the incident was minor. Aside from the stress, involved parties might experience injuries from the impact, such as concussions. They are mild traumatic brain injuries caused by sudden force, making the brain move within the skull.

The sudden movement could leave some brain cell damage and chemical shifts, affecting various aspects of the patient’s health. This injury typically gets better over a few weeks. However, it could result in multiple symptoms impairing the patient’s mental, emotional and physical functions. These concussion-related signs could include the following:

  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Dizziness and fatigue
  • Headaches, especially right after the incident
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision and other sight issues
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Grogginess and confusion
  • Mind fog
  • Anxiety and moodiness
  • Agitation
  • Sleeping issues

These problems usually improve over time after the incident. However, these symptoms are often seen with other health conditions, potentially misleading doctors during diagnosis. Fortunately, concussions are not a cause for extreme worry. Proper diagnosis and treatment could manage these symptoms. Still, patients should be observant to determine whether they need emergency care.

Warning signs that mean danger

Despite being a minor crash, the impact could cause blood clots against the skull. This condition requires urgent care. If the patient exhibits the following, call for emergency medical assistance immediately:

  • Difficulty speaking properly
  • Persistent headaches that do not improve
  • Coordination issues, weakness or numbness
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Restlessness and inability to recognize places or people
  • Inability to stay awake or conscious

The risks of potentially severe injuries remain even with minor collisions. Seeking medical attention right after the incident could help reduce the risks by detecting hidden health problems.

Going to the hospital as a precaution

Despite being a mild condition, it is best to seek medical care for concussions after a minor crash. Doing so could help receive proper medication or treatment for prevalent symptoms. Additionally, physicians could check for underlying problems caused by the collision.