Quick disclaimer: please be smart and seek immediate medical attention if you have serious injuries.
This article is for informational purposes only and shouldn’t take precedence over the opinion of a
skilled medical professional.
Bam! Your car just got smashed up in a motor vehicle accident (MVA). Despite the fact our modern-day
cars are built to crumble and dissipate the force of impact, there’s a high probability that you will suffer
an injury. People tend to hurt their spine first and suffer concussions secondarily.
Here are some signs that you’ve been injured in an MVA:
New or worsening pain in your neck, back, or arms and legs. The abrupt acceleration and deceleration
from an MVA is not something your spine is designed to handle. These shearing forces cause
inflammation and tearing to your muscles and joints. Even if you had pain in your back prior to the
accident, remember, if it has increased in the moments and days following an MVA, you very likely
injured your back.
Auto accidents are a leading cause of concussions for ordinary people. Besides causing muscle strain and
joint injury the forces in a motor vehicle collision can be seriously jarring to your brain.
Here are some surprising and hopefully obvious things to look out for after you’ve been in a wreck that
may indicate you’ve suffered a concussion:
- A direct blow to your head or Loss of consciousness. This should come as no surprise, but loss of
consciousness is serious stuff and indicates injury to your brain. You may need an MRI or CT scan
of your head. Bleeding on your brain constitutes a medical emergency.
- Dizziness or vertigo (the sensation of you or your environment spinning) are common
occurrences after a motor vehicle accident. Damage to your inner ear or brain stem may have
- Blurred vision and brain fog are common after car crashes. An inflamed brain thinks slower and
with more effort, this is comparable to trying to drive through a thick fog. Blurred vision means
your eyes aren’t working correctly! Gaze stability is kind of a big deal when it comes to keeping
your brain happy.
- Whiplash injuries are bad for your neck and your brain. If your neck was whipped around
violently, chances are your soft brain may have banged against your hard skull. A healthy pain
free neck is also crucial to tell your brain where you are in space. The joints and muscles of your
neck contain a multitude of receptors that tell your brain where your body is relative to space.
- When the signal is faulty, say from joint injury, your brain works extra hard to do its number one
job of moving you through your environment. Inflamed neck muscles and joints move less freely
and therefore, give less information to the brain.
- Headaches after a car crash are quite common too. Usually they originate from referred pain
from a neck that was whiplashed. It could also come from direct trauma to the skull and brain.
In conclusion, MVAs can cause myriad symptoms from neck, back and extremity pain to more serious
signs of a possible concussion.
If you’re suffering from any of these signs after a motor vehicle collision, you should seek professional
help. Do your research and know that I am here for you. I perform a thorough neurological and
orthopedic evaluation to determine the extent of your injuries and offer individualized care to help you
recover as best as possible.
Yours in health,
Dr. Joey Vance