Post-Accident Chest Pain Causes and Concerns
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may have aches and pains throughout your body. While some pains may go away after a few days, others are more concerning. It is important not to ignore any pains that you are experiencing, particularly in the chest. Failure to get a prompt diagnosis and treatment of your chest pains could lead to serious health complications.
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What Causes Chest Accident After a Car Accident?
Post-accident chest pain can be a sign of a serious problem. It may be an indication of bruising or a fractured rib. It can also be a sign of a lung injury, such as a pulmonary contusion. Pains in the chest are usually associated with blunt force trauma. The sudden impact of a collision forces the body to move violently back and forth, often resulting in severe harm.
Chest pain after a car accident can also be caused when an airbag deploys. While airbags are an essential safety feature in vehicles, they can also result in serious injuries. Even low-speed collisions can result in chest pain. Because most accidents occur with little to no warning, a person is unable to brace their body in a way to absorb the forceful blow. Areas of the body that should normally be protected, such as the chest, are then left vulnerable.
What If I Have Delayed Chest Pain?
Delayed chest pain after a car accident is more common than most people think. The body may be in shock in the hours and days that immediately follow an accident. While the body is in shock, it may produce a large amount of adrenaline. Adrenaline increases your pain threshold, making it more difficult to discern the true extent of trauma experienced in the accident.
It is essential to get evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. Any time that you are involved in a car accident, you need to be seen by a medical professional. Many car injuries are not readily apparent or are masked by the shock of the collision. Seeking treatment immediately can help ensure that you receive the care you need.
What Are Signs of Serious Chest Trauma?
Until you are in excruciating pain, it may be challenging to determine whether your chest pain is serious. It is important to remember that any chest pain should be evaluated by a doctor. Even mild pain or dull aching can be a sign of something more severe.
Signs of serious chest trauma:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Pain or discomfort moving
- Pressure or tightness in your chest
- Intermittent pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Radiating pain
A proper diagnosis can help you recover faster from chest pain. A delay in treatment could cause your pain to get worse or lead to dangerous health complications.
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