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When should I go to a doctor for a concussion after a collision?

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2023 | Injuries |

Road accidents can easily cause physical harm, such as concussions. Most concussions caused by minor collisions tend to be mild.

However, they could still cause discomfort and other long-term effects if physicians fail to catch complications early. Because of this, most doctors recommend receiving medical care immediately after minor traffic accidents.

If you got involved in an accident, seek emergency care right away if you experience the following concussion danger signs:

  • Persistent headaches that get worse over time
  • Sudden convulsions or seizures
  • Unusual numbness, fatigue or unstable coordination
  • Feeling sick or vomiting
  • Difficulty speaking or other odd mannerisms
  • Dilation of your pupil in one eye
  • Notable mood changes such as agitation or restlessness
  • Unable to stay awake or wake up from unconsciousness

These symptoms are common signs of potential blood clots in your head caused by the collision. Additionally, you could get yourself examined after a crash even if you feel okay. By doing so, you can make sure you have no underlying injuries.

Mild concussions could still impact your health

Even mild concussions might have an impact on your physical and mental well-being. They are not as severe, but they might still cause the following:

  • Light and noise sensitivity
  • Issues with balancing
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Sudden bouts of anxiety or irritability
  • Unusual mood swings
  • Inability to focus or think clearly
  • Memory loss
  • Sleeping issues

These symptoms typically go away within a few weeks after the accident. You could go to a doctor right after the collision to get checked and receive prescribed medication early.

In addition, some of these issues may come and go as you recover. It is crucial to observe your condition, so you can go to the hospital as needed.