If you have experienced a car accident, it is possible that you might not be able to recognize the fact that you have injuries or you would not understand how badly injured you are even if you become aware of your injuries. Initially after a car crash, a person is said to be in a state of shock which may lead to the person not being aware of their injuries because after the rush of adrenaline in the body, the body manufactures endorphins that can have a masking effect on the pain. So it is possible that the person may not feel pain right after indulging in an accident, at least until the shock subsides.
Due to this, it is highly important to seek medical care after you have been in an accident. Be it a minor injury or a major injury, it is necessary to get checked or else your condition might get worse. Leaving injuries untreated can cause some serious complications later on. It is important to get checked for both physical and mental health after experiencing a car accident.
Car accidents can cause whiplash injuries. Whiplash injury occurs due to a sudden force on the neck causing it to bend forward or backwards and can cause serious tearing of the tendons and ligaments. It may seem like a minor injury but it is not and can have some serious complications. Auto accident victims often go through whiplash injuries if they are not taking safety measures like wearing a seatbelt. If the injury is severe, it can lead to permanent damage such as loss of motion, extreme pain in the neck and other parts of the body and even some degenerative diseases can occur.
So don’t forget to take precautions when driving. Check your seat belt and position of the seat headrests before you start driving.
Even if it seems like you encountered no injuries because your car was not damaged much, a sudden, unexpected stop or even a harsh turn can injure you. If it is not visible from the outside, there are chances of damage inside the body such as internal bleeding. There are a number of injuries that can be caused due to a car accident, some injuries are more likely to happen as compared to the others. Which is why medical care right after an accident is extremely essential. Road accidents can have a serious effect on a person’s mental health. Following the treatment plan given by the doctor can be very helpful.
Car accidents are known to cause injuries that require a period of 2 to 4 weeks of recovery. During this time, you should take good care of yourself and surround yourself with people that care about you and would help you get through this time. Following a car accident, a person can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for which seeking timely help can be beneficial.
Whiplash has no one established treatment. Medications such as naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Motrin) along with the physical therapy, massage, traction, ice, heat, ultrasound, and injections have been useful for some patients. A cervical collar was commonly used to immobilize whiplash patients in the past. As a result, individuals are encouraged to move rather than remain immobile. Following your first 24 hours of rest, move gently and actively.
If you have above symptoms and conditions, WeCare Medical Specialty Group can help you. We have five offices across Northern Jersey. Please call our office at (973)996-2990 or book an appointment online immediately.