Motor Vehicle Accidents Specialist

Kenneth I. Light, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Spine Specialist located in Bay Area, San Leandro, CA including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and Fremont, California

Did you know that you can have delayed symptoms after a motor vehicle accident? Even if you feel fine, you could have an injury and should seek a medical exam regardless of how you feel. Dr. Kenneth I. Light, MD, has helped many people after motor vehicle accidents, diagnosing injuries and providing prompt treatment that prevents complications and eases symptoms. If you were in a motor vehicle accident, call the office in San Leandro, California. You can also book an appointment online today.

Motor Vehicle Accidents Q & A

What injuries often occur during a motor vehicle accident?

Motor vehicle accidents frequently cause injuries to the head and neck, but you can hurt any part of your body. The most common injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Lower back injuries
  • Injured knees
  • Internal injuries
  • Fractures

Many people develop widespread body aches and pain even when they don’t suffer a specific type of injury.

What delayed symptoms might occur after a motor vehicle accident?

You may not experience symptoms for hours or days after your accident. Three injuries that cause delayed symptoms include:


A moderate to severe concussion usually causes immediate symptoms. You may have:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty concentrating

However, if you have a mild concussion, the same symptoms can take days or months to appear.


You develop a whiplash injury when your neck goes through a fast back-and-forth movement. Common symptoms such as neck pain, stiffness, headache, and tingling can be delayed for several days, depending on the extent of the damage.

Lower back pain

After a motor vehicle accident, your body’s immediate release of adrenaline and endorphins may temporarily hide lower back pain. Adrenaline increases your pain tolerance, while endorphins are your body’s natural pain killers. Many patients initially have mild symptoms that get worse over a day or two after their accident.

When should I see a doctor after a motor vehicle accident?

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you should get a prompt physical exam from Dr. Light. He can identify any injuries you may have, even if your symptoms are mild or delayed. Then you can start treatment to reduce future pain and prevent potential complications.

Getting a quick physical evaluation also creates a connection between your accident and injuries. This information is important when you file an insurance claim or if you need to collect workers’ compensation or pursue legal action.

What treatment might I receive after a motor vehicle accident?

Dr. Light. diagnoses and treats the many types of injuries you may sustain during a motor vehicle accident. 

He can customize your treatment based on your injury, drawing from medical care, physical therapy and rehabilitation, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, osteopathic manipulation, ultrasound-guided injections, and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and cupping.

If you need help after a motor vehicle accident, call Dr. Kenneth I. Light, or schedule an appointment online today.