The Long-Term Risks

Immediately after an accident, you may feel okay – a little bruised and shaken, but nothing serious, you think. In reality, you may have suffered an injury that needs medical attention. Often, physical symptoms do not appear for days, weeks, or even months after you have slipped and fallen, been in a vehicle collision, or been injured at work. Your instinct may be to take some aspirin and carry on, but that attitude can lead to serious health issues down the road. Refusing to get medical imaging after an accident can be risky, particularly if you have a head injury.

Head Trauma

If you strike your head during a fall or car accident, you cannot afford to forego medical testing. Even minor concussions can cause dizziness, headaches, and cognitive issues. A major blow to the head can have devastating long-term effects even if the injuries are not visible. That’s why immediate medical imaging is so necessary.The possible complications include the following:

Hematoma

A hematoma is comprised of blood or blood clots on the brain that can cause excess pressure. You may lose consciousness from this injury and incur permanent brain damage.

Hemorrhage

A blow to the head may cause internal bleeding even if your skin is intact. This bleeding can cause an build up of pressure that can result in headaches, vomiting, and brain cell damage.

Edema

Trauma can cause your brain to swell, another symptom that can easily be overlooked. When your ankles swell, they may hurt but no permanent damage is done. When your brain tissue swells, it can press against your skull and cause permanent injury.

Concussions

Concussions are caused by your brain hitting the inside of your skull or by a sudden jerking movement. The severity of concussions vary, but the cumulative effect of multiple concussions can cause severe cognitive issues. People who do not get the proper imaging after a head injury may not realize that they have suffered a concussion. As a result, they do not take the proper precautions to prevent further injury.

Other Injuries

A slight pain in your ankle, neck, back, etc. may actually be a sign of fracture, tissue injury, or muscle tears. Without medical imaging, you may make these injuries worse by continuing your regular routine and putting pressure on the damaged areas. Instead of receiving minor treatment to correct less serious issues, you can end up having back, knee and other orthopedic surgeries and other invasive treatments.

Onyx Imaging

You always need to seek medical imaging after an accident to prevent long-term or permanent health problems. At Onyx, they offer the latest imaging technology, including x-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. These scans can quickly and accurately identify your injuries and guide you toward the treatment that you need.

When you seek treatment at Onyx, insurance is not an issue. They provide medical imaging on a lien, so your bill is paid from the proceeds of your medical settlement. You will get same day imaging, and your scans will be read within four hours.

If you are in an accident, don’t ignore your imaging needs. Call Onyx at 770-892-0153 for the Stockbridge location and 470-440-1750 for the Decatur location. Remember, immediate diagnosis and treatment for your injuries can prevent lifelong health problems.