If you have had the unfortunate experience of being in a car accident, you should see a doctor or chiropractor, or both, right away. Although you may think you are just rattled and upset with no real injury, you may have some hidden physical injuries as a result of the collision.
Most people who have been in a car accident believe that they have no injuries, and let a month or more pass until something starts to hurt and they go see a doctor. That’s usually when you find out that your pain is a result of the car accident. The insurance companies take advantage of this aspect of human nature and won’t pay for medical care for injuries from an accident unless you see a doctor within two weeks of the collision.
Symptoms can manifest in the weeks following the accident
Medical experts state that often, high adrenaline levels can lessen the effects of the injuries immediately after an accident. The adrenaline rush and excitement often cover up the pain of injuries, but after the shock has worn off and the body has time to adjust, the injuries manifest themselves.
In the weeks following the accident, you may experience any of the following symptoms:
- Neck pain
- Sleep disturbances
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
- Back pain
- Vertigo, dizziness
- Light sensitivity
- Knee, shoulder or hip pain
- Mid back pain
You may not even realize that the ailments you are experiencing are related to your car accident. It is always wise to be examined by a doctor or chiropractor immediately after any collision.
An experienced health professional will help you identify any minor pains resulting from the accident that might turn into more serious problems later on. He will also examine you for problems that are not immediately apparent but that would have shown up in later weeks. A chiropractor will examine your spine and realign it if necessary as well as check to make sure there will be no long-term damage to it.
You also may need assistance with short-term pain management, which your doctor can provide. He can prescribe medication and muscle relaxers that will help ease the discomfort. The chiropractor can use gentle and effective manipulations and specialized techniques to relieve your muscle pain as well.
Soft-tissue injuries common after a car accident
“Some of the most common injuries victims suffer after a car collision are soft tissue injuries, done to parts of the body other than the bone,” write the legal experts at Nolo.com.
If another car has hit your own, the force of the collision no doubt placed a lot of stress on your joints and other vulnerable areas of your body. Soft tissue injuries may not show up immediately, but they will typically result in pain, swelling, and reduced mobility. “Soft tissue injuries are not visible on X-rays,” states Nolo.com. This is another reason why you want to see a doctor right away.
Pivotal Health can help you
Pivotal Health Physical Medicine is a leader in pain management. If you have been in an accident, we will assist you with treatment from a doctor or chiropractor that is suited to your condition as well as verify your insurance benefits, perform an in-depth review of your medical history, and take X-rays if necessary. We will create a customized treatment program based on your needs. We are eager to help you alleviate your pain. Call us today at 941-697-3001!