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Are concussions dangerous after a minor car crash?

On Behalf of | May 31, 2023 | Car Accidents

Car accidents can be stressful and overwhelming, no matter how minor. Sometimes, minor crashes could cause injuries that lead to symptoms affecting the patient’s mental, emotional and physical wellness. A common injury experienced in minor car collisions is concussions.

Concussions typically happen when a force causes the brain to move within the skull abruptly. It could cause chemical imbalances or physical damage, resulting in various symptoms. Concussions suffered through minor car accidents tend to be mild. Their symptoms usually improve after a few weeks of reasonable care. Still, these effects could bother a patient in varying ways.

The following symptoms are common with concussions after minor accidents:

  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Balancing issues
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Vomiting soon after the crash
  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Grogginess and mind fog
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to focus or concentrate
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Irritable
  • Sleeping problems

Fortunately, patients could go to the hospital after the crash to receive treatments or medication to address these symptoms. Seeing a doctor could also help detect any warning signs of severe head injuries caused by the collision.

What symptoms signify danger?

Sometimes, severe head injuries show symptoms like mild concussions. Even a minor collision could cause dangerous blood clots in the brain that might require urgent medical attention. It is best to seek emergency care if the patient exhibits the following warning signs:

  • Persistent headaches that increase in intensity over time
  • Numbness or coordination issues
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Unusual behavior and speech problems
  • Inability to stay awake or conscious
  • Uneven pupil size

If the patient is a child, they could experience these symptoms and other signs, such as loss of appetite and constant crying. Luckily, patients could address severe and mild injuries by going to the hospital after the collision immediately. No one can tell if a minor collision left no physical harm unless the victims receive medical attention. Doing so could also help patients receive medication for symptoms of mild concussions.