When the human body is under the effects of extreme forces, such as inertia or a sudden stop of motion from a car accident the body can respond in many different ways.

When the body comes in contact with another force such as a seat belt, windshield, dashboard or airbag, the body can be supressed under traumatic circumstances.

In some cases, immediately after an accident, the realization of an injury may instantaneous. Whether it is a fracture, scratches, cuts, bruising, or bleeding, a victim will know instantly that they have been hurt.

While others, may not even realize they have been injured until the next day or until the adrenaline has worn off. Their symptoms of injury may not be as obvious or their body might be fighting off the pain of injury through natural adrenaline.

Even if you feel reasonably well after a Tulsa car accident, it is still extremely important for you to consider your health, take the necessary precautions and to get a medical examination from an accident injury professional.

Care Family Medical & Chiropractic offers a FREE consultation to new patients, so don’t let the fear of medical costs stop you from seeing a professional!

How Long After A Tulsa Car Accident Should I See A Doctor?

In all cases, you should seek medical help immediately after an accident, even if you experience no or little symptoms from a car crash.


Because some of the most dangerous internal injuries may not always show symptoms right away. Internal bleeding or fractures can often be misread as soreness or initial bruising.

A full check up and evaluation can help to reveal any major internal or external injuries before they show symptoms or trauma to your body.

Common Delayed Symptoms From Accidents

Headaches – there are a few different versions of headaches that may include a concussion, blood clotting, or whiplash. Headaches may also be a symptom of a brain injury. Note that not all brain injuries are caused by a physical contact or violent impact. Even a slight whiplash where your head is whipped around can cause swelling, bleeding, bruising, and damage to the brain tissue.

Neck pain – a neck injury can include numbness that comes from herniated discs, spinal injuries, and whiplash. Neck injuries are extremely serious and any pain that comes, even days after the accident, should be taken seriously.

Back pain – like neck and shoulder pain, back pain can sometimes take hours or days to manifest after a Tulsa car accident. Whether it is a pinched nerve or a disc problem, back or spine injuries can be devastating to the point of loss of feeling or paralysis.

Stomach pain – stomach pain can be a symptom of internal bleeding or other internal injuries. Dizziness and bruising are often symptoms that accompany stomach pain. If you experience any stomach pains hours or days after the accident, call and seek medical help immediately.

Bruising, Numbness, and Tingling – if you notice any kind of bruising, no matter how small, you should seek medical help immediately. Numbness and tingling are also symptoms to take seriously. If you note any loss of feelings or tightness in your body, take careful note and seek the help of a medical professional.

Emotional Distress or Pain – the trauma of a car accident can not only be physical but also emotional. Signs of emotional pain may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Panic or anxiety attacks
  • Lack of joy or motivation
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts

Seek Medical Help Immediately

We strive to serve each and every patient with detailed care, especially in the case of a car accident. Our team has been trained to handle extreme accident-related injuries. If you or a loved one has recently been in a Tulsa car accident, we’d love to serve them with the delicate and excellent medical care they need.

Even if your injury has been more than a year ago, we can still assess you and proceed with medical care to help you recover from the trauma of your accident.

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