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Head Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accidents As a chiropractor in Destin, Florida, I have treated many people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents.  I recently was involved in a motor vehicle accident where  I sustained a head injury causing a concussion.  I have a new understanding what patients who are recovering from a motor vehicle accident go through. Actually it is not always a vehicle accident, it can be due to domestic violence, or injury at a workplace, but the result is the same.

Sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head that is experienced in a motor vehicle accident, not necessarily a head impact, can cause a concussion.  Concussions range in significance from minor to major, but they all share one common factor — they temporarily interfere with the way your brain works. They can affect memory, judgment, reflexes, speech, balance and coordination.

The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and may not be immediately apparent. Symptoms can last for days, weeks or even longer.  Diagnosing a concussion is usually straightforward. If a blow to your head has knocked you out or left you dazed, you may have had a concussion.  It’s more difficult, however, to determine whether the blow has caused potentially serious bleeding or swelling in your skull.  Alabama personal injury lawyer warns: signs and symptoms of these injuries may not appear until hours or days after the injury. Contact Babcock Partners LLC today as soon as you notice such signs. Check out https://macgillivraylaw.com/ for appropriate legal advice in such cases.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Confusion
  • Amnesia
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue

Some symptoms of concussions are not apparent until hours or days later. They include:

  • Memory or concentration problems
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritability
  • Depression

Rest is the best recovery technique. Healing takes time. For headaches, use acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Don’t take aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as these medications can increase the risk of bleeding.

Dr. Whidden is a former U.S. Navy pilot turned chiropractor in Destin, Florida. Emerald Coast Chiropractic, finding solutions to today’s health care issues, Who’s YOUR Chiropractor?

Ken Whidden, DC
Emerald Coast Chiropractic

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5 thoughts on “Head Injuries in Motor Vehicle Accidents

  1. Many people do not know the damage that a car accident can cause. Seeing a chiropractor can make all the difference in the world. I recommend that anyone who is a victim of a motor vehicle accident see a chiropractor as soon as possible.

  2. Even if your auto accident seemed minor because of slow speeds or little damage to your vehicle, that doesn’t mean injury did not occur. At just 10mph, the body can be subjected to a force of 5 to 10 G’s. The force of 10 G’s is greater than a fighter pilot would experience during aerial combat.
    Independent studies show that your body can violently move back and forth 6 to 10 times the speed your auto was going at time of impact. In other words, a 5-10 mph crash, your neck can move at 50 to 100 miles per hour! This is how G force can cause serious injuries at even low speeds.
    Even those be evaluated involved in low-speed accidents should see their chiropractor to rule out a whiplash injury that, if left untreated, can have ramifications for years.

  3. I was hit in the rear on the way to work one day. It was nothing major just a slow speed rear end impact. Honestly I didn’t think much of it until I started having bad migrains. I started getting adjusted and within a week the headaches were gone.

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