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Watch for signs of a brain injury after a car crash

Car crashes can lead to a variety of injuries, but some of these injuries aren't evident right away. A brain injury is one that might not show up immediately. There are many different types of injuries to the brain that can occur.

If you are in a car accident, you should be aware of a few points, even if you don't think that you hurt your head.

Delayed symptoms

Sometimes, the symptoms of a brain injury will take days or weeks to show up. These include a headache, dizziness, vomiting and nausea. Keeping an eye out for these symptoms after the accident can help you to determine if there is a need to seek medical care. It might be a good idea to have a medical checkup even if you don't think that there is anything wrong with you just because of the way that a head injury may be insidious.

No direct hit to the head is necessary

One misconception is that you will only have a head injury if you hit your head in the accident. The force of a car crash can create a violent shaking in the head that can injure the brain just from the back and forth motion that leads to the brain hitting the inside of the skull. A traumatic brain injury that isn't due to a blow to the head is what causes shaken baby syndrome. This gives you an idea of how serious these types of injuries can end up being.

Recovery can take a long time

Allowing the brain to heal after a traumatic injury isn't going to be quick. In fact, there is a good chance that your brain will still be recovering long after the physical signs of the accident are healed. Whether you suffer from a concussion or a more serious injury, you will need to allow healing by avoiding strenuous activities, such as spending a long time on a computer or watching television.

Life impacts might require changes

More serious brain injuries can lead to lifelong impacts on your life. You might find that your memory isn't what it was before the accident and that you are having trouble concentrating. Therapy options can often help you find ways to cope with the long-term effects of the injury. This won't be easy or quick, but over the course of time, you might find some relief from the symptoms.

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