If you're lucky enough to walk away from a car accident without any serious injuries, consider yourself fortunate. However, even if you feel okay after exchanging information with the other driver and speaking with the police, it's a wise idea to visit a chiropractor after an auto accident.
Due to the adrenaline pumping through your body during the aftermath, your brain may not immediately pick up on the pain signals being sent from your body. Often, it's only after you've had some time to relax that you start to notice any aches or pains.
It's not smart to ignore any new pains or aches that you experience after a car accident, as even minor symptoms could be an indication of a more significant issue.
Therefore, getting a comprehensive evaluation is essential to detect any injuries early on so that you can receive the best possible care and treatment to put those injuries behind you as soon as possible.
Some symptoms may not appear for hours or even days after a car accident, including
- chronic headaches,
- back pain, and
- neck or shoulder pain.
These symptoms may be a sign of a concussion, neck injury, mild traumatic brain injury, whiplash, spinal disc, or soft tissue injury.
Delayed onset of symptoms after a car accident is common, and it's not a sign that you're "making it up." The stress of a car accident can make it difficult to accurately assess how you feel right after the event. It takes time for swelling and inflammation to start, so if you experience pain hours or days after your auto accident, seek proper evaluation as soon as possible. Doing so can make a massive difference in your recovery.
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