Experiencing a Pain Delay after a Car Crash
Car accidents, whether minor or more serious, will always put a bump in your day. They are typically followed by exchanges of information, calls to insurance companies, and visits to the mechanic— amidst all of the chaos and stress accidents can cause, it is easy to neglect any aches or pains you may be feeling, or you may feel nothing at all.
In the split-second it takes to get into a car accident, your body releases a large amount of adrenaline to try and protect you from any trauma and impact. Adrenaline is the same hormone that causes your “fight or flight” response when you are in danger. It is also responsible for increasing energy, reducing pain, and increasing strength.
Because of the influx of adrenaline your body experiences after a car accident, it is common for you to feel little to no pain right away. However, after the adrenaline decreases, you may begin to notice signs and symptoms of injury. It is always best to seek medical attention after a car accident to prevent any further onset of pain and injury.
Here are some of the delayed injuries you may experience after a car accident:
When you are in a car, your body is moving at the same speed as the vehicle. However, in the moment of a car accident, your vehicle comes to an abrupt stop while your body continues to move on impact. Luckily, airbags and seat belts are in place for your safety.
One of the most common injuries that result from car accidents is whiplash, the sudden and forceful movement of your neck in a back and forth or side-to-side motion. While the symptoms of whiplash may go undetected for a bit of time, they should not be ignored.
Symptoms of whiplash include neck stiffness, decreased range of motion, headaches, tenderness in the back and shoulders, and tingling in your arms. The severity of whiplash symptoms is dependent on many factors, including the impact and speed of the accident.
Headaches are another common delayed injury after car accidents. Once the adrenaline subsides, you may notice pain originating in your neck. If your head experienced direct impact during the crash, this is another cause of frequent headaches.
However, your headaches should not be ignored. Although they commonly go away on their own, it is imperative that a medical professional examines you to rule out any traumatic brain injuries. Chiropractic care is another good solution to treating headaches and alleviating your pain.
Back pain can be uncomfortable, frustrating, and debilitating, especially when the onset of the pain is delayed after an accident. Reasons for back pain can range from strained muscles to herniated discs.
The impact of a car accident can misalign your spine and cause severe pain and mobility issues. When a vertebra is out of its proper alignment, it can put pressure on nerves, causing numbness and tingling. You should always receive treatment for your back pain and not let the symptoms worsen.
Treating Car Accident Injuries at Amazing Spine Care
If you have been in a car accident, you may need help managing any pain and injury that may have occurred as a result of the collision. Chiropractic care consists of many non-invasive treatments and therapies that can help relieve you of your pain.
Amazing Spine Care offers a wide range of treatment plans, including manipulation, massage therapy, and stretching exercises to help you recover. Call us at (904) 320-0808 or contact us online to learn more about our car accident treatments.