Why is Important to see a Neurologist After a Car Accident?
Generally, after a car accident, it is important to undergo medical evaluation to look for a possible neurological injury, that may not be noticeable at the time of the incident
You or someone you know may have endured a vehicular or motorcycle accident and may be having symptoms of migraines, headaches, numbness, nausea, cognitive changes or sleep disturbance, in the days and weeks that followed the accident. Although symptoms may not be noticeable at first, they are important to recognize and be aware of in order to seek immediate medical care.
Generally, after a car accident, it is important to undergo medical evaluation to look for a possible neurological injury, that may not be noticeable at the time of the incident. Neurological injuries may occur and here at Elite Neurology, we want you to be aware of the symptoms and the importance of evaluating them after a car crash.
The nervous system has two primary parts: the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system, consisting of the brain and spinal cord, may be affected due to traumatic injuries sustained in an accident. The peripheral nervous system, consisting of nerves liking the brain and spinal cord to the body completely, may also be affected. Nerve damage is very common to victims of traumatic injury. These injuries may include nausea, weakness, pain, numbness, and bodily imbalance.
Damage to nerves is the nervous system may be evident in the symptoms listed above, but additionally in other ways:
Types of Brain Trauma:
A concussion is temporary dysfunction of the entire brain following a strong impact to the brain. Concussion is taken much more seriously than it was in the past and as we are seeing in the press has great implications for future brain function.
Diffuse Axonal Injury
This type of brain injury is common of car accidents, in which nerve fibers around the brain begin to tear and may cause a come due to widespread movement and shaking of the brain due to traumatic injury. It is what we have learned to be considered as another term for concussion.
Other Brain Injuries
Head injuries without concussion are extremely common and still cause problems, such as subdural and epidural hematomas and skull fractures.
This is what is known as a brain bruise caused by impact on the brain, usually diagnosed by a neurologist.