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3 hidden injuries to look out for following a car accident

Car accidents occur far too frequently in the city of Costa Mesa. One resident lost his life when he sped down a street early in the morning and collided with a utility pole. 

When most people experience an auto accident, they only have to contend with minimal injuries and property damage. However, injuries can present themselves weeks after the initial incident. One of the most vital things you need to do following a collision is see a doctor. You could have one of the following injuries with hidden symptoms. 

1. Traumatic brain injury

Due to the force of suddenly jerking your head back and forth or slamming it into the headrest, many people experience a concussion following a traffic accident. Some of the immediate symptoms of a concussion include feeling immense pressure in the head, ringing in the ears and temporary loss of consciousness. Many attribute these symptoms as being "normal," but they require prompt medical attention. Symptoms only worsen if you delay getting treatment. 

2. Chest trauma

You also need to pay attention as to whether you can breathe normally after a car accident. Although the force of hitting the dashboard or an airbag may not seem like a serious issue, the impact can damage your ribs and lungs. To see whether you have sustained any damage, you need to get an X-ray, which requires a trip to the doctor's office. 

3. Herniated discs

In addition to your head and chest, you also need to care for your spine after an auto accident. Occasionally, the force of the collision ruptures the tissue located between vertebrae. Over time, the inflammation worsens, and you will experience intense pain in your back. You may eventually experience a partial or total loss of feeling in your limbs. Relief is possible with surgery. However, the sooner you can see a doctor, the better off you will be in the long run. 

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