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Dr. Rachel BanksJan 5, 2017 1:25:54 PM3 min read

Delayed Car Accident Injury Symptoms To Pay Attention To

Motor vehicle accidents can be horrific experiences no matter the severity of the damage or injuries. Everyone reacts differently to  an automobile crash. From extremely severe crashes to slight fender-benders, there is still a great amount of force when two vehicles collide with one another.  

When individuals are involved in a minor car accident, they usually do not notice their symptoms immediately following the wreck. This can happen for many reasons, but the most common are because of the release of adrenaline.  

If you've been in a car accident, it's crucial to see the best car accident chiropractor afterwards. 

The generation of adrenaline and endorphins, two chemicals that super-charge our bodies, are responsible for blocking pain and helping us cope with the situation at the time of the accident.

So keep in mind, that even if you feel fine immediately following your car crash, that doesn't necessarily mean that you are fine. When the release of adrenaline and endorphins finally subsides, the pain will quickly start to set in. 

Our goal is to help you understand the importance of monitoring your symptoms and treating your injuries following a car accident.  We not only want to help you restore your physical well-being but also help you protect your legal rights and receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

Below is a list of common car accident injuries that may not present symptoms immediately following the car accident.

  • clouded thinking
  • inability to concentrate
  • difficulty remembering information
  • headache
  • blurry vision
  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • lack of energy
  • abnormal sleep patterns

If you are experiencing any of the above signs following a car wreck, you may have suffered a concussion. It is crucial that you seek medical attention immediately.  

Another very common injury that displays symptoms following a car accident is a soft tissue injury. A soft tissue injury is usually an injury that has damaged muscles, tendons, or ligaments. For example, 

  • neck pain
  • shoulder pain
  • back pain
  • numbness
  • whiplash

The most well-known type of soft tissue injury that applies to car crashes is whiplash. Whiplash is an injury to the muscles in the neck when an impact causes the head is suddenly be thrown forward and then backward.

Soft tissue injuries will usually cause pain, lack of range of mobility, and swelling. However, these symptoms will most likely not appear immediately. No matter if your accident occurred at a low or high rate of speed, it probably generated a lot of force and could potentially take days or weeks to produce symptoms of an injury that you sustained. 

Want more information about potential injuries resulting from a car accident? Click here to read our blog post, Most Common Injuries Associated With Rear-End Car Accidents


It is our recommendation to see a doctor or chiropractor following a car accident, regardless of present symptoms or injuries. Your doctor should be able to diagnose any injuries you sustained in the accident before they become too serious. If no symptoms or injuries seem to be present, your doctor can give you advice on how to monitor any potential injuries and symptoms and what to look out for. 

It is also imperative you see a doctor after your accident if you plan on filing an injury claim. The insurance company will require a documented account of your doctor visits to prove that you were indeed injured from the accident.  Also, keep in mind that if you wait too long to see a doctor or chiropractor about your injuries that the insurance will most likely deny your claim stating that because you waited so long that you could not have been all that injured. 

So if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and is experiencing any symptoms of injury or pain, call the expert car accident doctors at Arrowhead Chiropractic Clinic today!

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Read our previous blog: How you can Take Care of Your Back Pain After a Car Accident


Dr. Rachel Banks

Dr. Rachel Banks graduated from Jackson State University receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-medicine in 1990. She then moved on to attend Life University when she was called to the healing aspects of Chiropractic care, she graduated in 1997 with a doctorate in chiropractic. She’s also a proud member of the Georgia Chiropractic Association. Dr. Banks joined the Arrowhead family in 2009 becoming the floater doctor in the Atlanta/Savannah/ Brunswick offices. Her belief and dedication to the field of chiropractic have made her an intricate part of Arrowhead Clinics. In 2016, she was asked to make a permanent move to Savannah taking over the Mall Clinic. Dr. Banks revamped the staff, implemented her own style of leadership and management and in 2018 her clinic won “The Most Goals Met” in 2017. Dr. Banks was born and raised in Atlanta and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority but enjoys living here in Savannah with her loveable furbaby - Lola.