The first moments after a car accident can be chaotic and confusing. In the rush of making sure everyone is okay, checking out the damage and exchanging documents, it can be easy to dismiss any small aches or pains you may be feeling.
Of course, if you sustained serious injuries you may have been transported to the hospital. But for tens of thousands of motorists each year, treatment is denied because they “feel fine” and go home as soon as the paperwork is finished and the car is towed.
If You Don’t Feel Pain
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, however, you shouldn’t take the damage which may have been done to your body lightly.
When human beings are put into a stressful or scary situation, adrenaline is released by the body. Adrenaline is associated with “fight or flight” syndrome, and allows an individual to get through the situation, often without feeling pain. This means that you may legitimately not experience pain, even if you have in fact sustained an injury.
The problem is that if you have sustained an injury to your back, neck, or spine, it can grow worse over time. Someone who has recently been in a car accident may think they are uninjured, but begin to experience symptoms days or even weeks later. These symptoms may include numbness in the extremities, pain in the back or neck, or dizziness. If these symptoms occur later, you may not associate them with the accident.
But if your vertebrae, discs or spine were injured, there may be swelling or inflammation surrounding the injury. If this is true, symptoms may not manifest for weeks, months, or even years. Sadly, much of the pain felt over the years can often be avoided rather easily with a visit to your chiropractor.
But The Doctor Said You Were Fine
Medical practitioners look for breaks, fractures, and internal bleeding. They will often send a patient home with a clean bill of health, never realizing that they have sustained an injury. The will typically prescribe a painkiller to handle any pain or inflammation you may be feeling. Unfortunately, those painkillers will only mask the pain from your injury – not heal or fix it.
This is why even if you have seen an ER doctor or visited a physician, you should call a chiropractor as soon as possible. Chiropractors operate under a different set of protocols, seeking to restore the body to total, holistic health rather than simply treating a singular symptom. Through a series of adjustments, the damage done to your spinal column is remediated, often making ongoing pain medication unnecessary.
If you have been in a car accident, it is important to make sure that you have not sustained any injury which could result in long term damage and unnecessary pain. Even if you have been to the emergency room and released. Call a chiropractor as soon as possible to ensure that your health is completely covered.
Did You Know? In the State of Florida, your PIP insurance will cover the treatment of your injuries up to $10,000.
At West Coast Wellness, we are committed to your total health both immediately following a car accident, and in the future. If you have any questions regarding treatment, call us today and schedule a free consultation.