Not only can impact or whiplash from a fall or sports injury cause a concussion, but also a car accident. If you have been in a recent car accident, it is important to know the signs of a concussion and how it can be treated.
Concussion Symptoms and Signs
After an accident, some injuries are instantly observable, however concussion symptoms do not always show up immediately. Sometimes it could take hours or even days for concussion symptoms to appear.
In case of a car accident, it is important to know the symptoms regardless of how mild they may feel in the beginning. Common signs and symptoms of a concussion can include:
- Pressure in the head
- Temporary loss of consciousness
- Amnesia about the car crash
- “Seeing stars”
- Ringing in the ears
- Slurred speech
- Delayed response to questions
- Appearing dazed
Other symptoms may show up later. These can include:
- Concentration problems
- Memory problems
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Sleep disturbances
- Taste or smell disorders
Treating a Concussion After a Car Accident
Your first step in getting treatment is obtaining a concussion diagnosis. One of our orthopedic doctors at AICA Orthopedics will take you through a neurological examination. This includes checking your vision, hearing, strength, sensation, balance, coordination, and reflexes.
If you have experienced severe symptoms like severe headaches, seizures, intense vomiting or any worsening symptoms, the orthopedist may have you undergo a MRI or other diagnostic imaging tests.
After your concussion from a car accident has been diagnosed by an Atlanta orthopedic doctor, treatments will vary depending on your situation. Orthopedic doctors will commonly prescribe rest, meaning a lighter school or work load, avoiding screens and reading, abstaining from sports and more.
If your car accident injuries are more severe, the orthopedist might prescribe medication or other treatments. Contact AICA Orthopedics to book an appointment.