Even seemingly minor car accidents can cause serious injuries. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a major concern, as they can impact your life in a number of ways. Additionally, the effects of such injuries are not always obvious after an accident.
That is why seeing a doctor afterward is so important. Even if you do not require emergency medical assistance, a doctor’s assessment can identify the signs of TBI so you may receive timely treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the following signs of TBI so you can receive medical attention when it is needed most.
Persistent, worsening headache
Some soreness is likely after a car accident, but a persistent headache signals a more serious injury. The structures of the brain and skull may have been seriously impacted, especially if you hit your head with great force.
Loss of consciousness
Even loss of consciousness for a few minutes is a serious matter. A doctor will perform diagnostic tests to look for damage and injuries within the brain. The sooner problems are diagnosed, the sooner you can be treated.
Slurring indicates a major issue with the muscles that help you speak and form words. When these effects are lasting, therapy is needed to help you regain all or a portion of your ability to speak.
Problems with coordination
Problems walking or holding objects should not be taken lightly. These problems can be caused by muscle weakness, and they may affect the entire body, or they may only be present on side or the other.
Nausea and/or vomiting
When areas of the brain are swollen, there are usually problems communicating between different parts of your body and your brain. These leads to a range of seemingly unrelated symptoms, including gastrointestinal issues. While these symptoms may resolve on their once the head injury has been treated, they can also persist for weeks or months in some cases.