Call the police.
If you feel any symptoms it is a wise choice to get evaluated by the ambulance service.
If you feel your injuries are not life threatening, do not neglect them and seek medical attention. It is important to describe every symptom and sensation to your health care practitioner. The most common symptoms are: pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, nausea, insomnia, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms could be neurological and a thorough history and neurological exam is warranted.
In rear-end collisions, whiplash injuries of head and neck cause stretching and compression of the brain and spinal cord. The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system (CNS). These injuries lead to the headaches, dizziness, nausea, and difficulty concentrating. This is mild traumatic brain injury.
Neck injuries are common. The movement of your neck after an accident will cause the neck to move beyond its normal range of motion. This reaction leads to pulling and tearing of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and spinal cord. The spinal cord also becomes compressed as does the spinal disc and the vertebral components such as the vertebral body and the posterior elements such as the facet joints. The disc is commonly affected. The vertebral disc is a cushion between the two vertebraes.
When the vertebral disc space is decreased it causes an axial load on the discs. Depending on the mechanism of injury, pre-existing condition, and response to physical medicine, the vertebral disc can develop a disc herniation. The disc will start to push back against the spinal nerve or the spinal cord creating nerve damage. If the neck, or cervical region, has a disc lesion, arm and/or hand numbness, tingling, or weakness may exist. If the low back, or lumbar region, is involved, you may experience leg numbness, tingling, or weakness.
Keep a journal and document every symptom you may are experiencing. Document the activities of daily living affected such as sleeping, household chores, consortium, and personal care. Describe in your journal if you experience any pain and stiffness while you do these activities. Also document if you have lost interest in any activities.
Take pictures is you have any bruises, scraps, or lacerations.