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5 Commonly Delayed Injury Symptoms Following an Auto Accident

If you were recently in an automobile accident, you may have walked away without any obvious injuries. However, it’s imperative that you seek medical care as quickly as possible. Though you may have no outward signs of injury, you could still have physical and internal damage. In fact, it can be hours, days, or weeks before delayed injury symptoms show up. 

At Back to Life Integrated Medicine in Lakewood, California, our team of chiropractors, nurse practitioners, and massage therapists take excellent care of you when you have any of these five common injuries that appear in the days and weeks after your accident.


Headaches are a frequent complaint after a car accident. Though they may not be constant or severe, your headaches could be a sign of something serious, such as:

If your headache is accompanied by any of these symptoms, seek urgent care immediately:

A persistent post-accident headache that causes blurriness is also cause for concern.

Neck pain

Neck pain after a car accident is closely linked to whiplash, which causes a quick snap of the neck, especially if you were hit from behind. If you’re suffering from whiplash, in addition to neck pain, you may likely feel pain in your shoulders, back, and a “pins and needles” feeling that travels to your arms and legs. 

Back pain

Back pain may be a symptom of a sprain, whiplash, a spinal cord injury, a pinched nerve, a fracture, or a herniated disc. If you experience headaches, loss of balance, difficulty breathing, loss of bladder control, or neck and shoulder pain in conjunction with back pain, please seek medical help immediately.

Stomach pain

If your stomach hurts or swells, or you have deep bruising after your accident, it may be a sign that you’re bleeding internally. This is a serious matter that requires urgent care. 

General pain

Depending on the severity of your automobile accident injury, you could experience general pain due to a range of soft tissue injuries. These include sprains, strains, and damage to your ligaments, muscles, and tendons. 

Comprehensive auto injury treatments

Back to Life Integrated Medicine boasts a state-of-the-art on-site diagnostic center to get a complete picture of the extent of your injuries. Our team performs a thorough physical exam and conducts a range of diagnostic tests, MRIs, X-rays, and CT scans in order to customize a treatment plan that may include one or several effective auto injury treatments.

Chiropractic adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments realign your spine to alleviate pain and promote self-healing.

PRP therapy

With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, PRP is injected into your areas of injury to speed tissue repair.

Compression therapy ( Pain Relief) 

Compression therapy uses acoustic soundwaves to minimize scarring and promote healing.


Hands-on therapeutic massage techniques decrease swelling, increase range of motion, and release painful tension.

Stem cell therapy

Regenerative mesenchymal stem cell therapy regrows muscle tissue and amps up the healing process.

Our team stands ready to help you heal quickly after your automobile accident. Call now or book online.

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