Guidelines on Post-Accident Pain Management

An accident can occur in a matter of seconds. It is also completely unpredictable. That’s why it is important to learn how to deal with post-accident injuries, even if they are questionable injuries. This first thing that you should note as a pain sufferer, is that you cannot hesitate or procrastinate in seeking medical attention after being involved in a car accident, especially if you feel like something is out of place but cannot exactly pinpoint the problem.

Oftentimes, injuries may not be so apparent. Being in tune with your body and keeping track of how it changes post the accident is important. It is not uncommon to have discomfort that becomes more apparent with time. This is an example of how your body’s response is to initially mask your discomfort. This however fades with time and is why an injury may not seem so serious immediately after the accident.

Goals of the Pain Patient

It is your responsibility to seek medical attention because you should always be extra cautious when it all concerns your health and well-being. When you go through a car accident, your body is confronted with extreme shock. The body is incapable of sustaining high amounts of force and impact, products of all car crashes. Being involved in an accident that you would classify as low-scale will not protect you of injury. Side contact collisions will often cause you to hit your head which you yourself may not realize.

Similarly, a rear collision can cause a sudden and sharp torsion in both your head and neck. Impacts on your head or spine are the most serious and risky situations.

The neck and the back are the two most prominent parts of the body that are affected by a car accident. Whiplash-type over-extension injuries, muscle and ligament strains, and spinal disc injuries are the most when it comes to car crashes.

Stiffness or discomfort in your neck and upper back that especially limits your range of motion require serious medical attention. However, a lot of the time symptoms may be apparent for certain injuries. This is why post-crash attention is encouraged and emphasized.

Whiplash and Other Injuries

Whiplash is a result of damage to the soft tissue on your neck, resulting in pain or discomfort in that region. Whiplash stems from abnormal and abrupt motion applied on your neck that pushes your neck out of its range of motion. Even trivial car accidents can result in whiplash and cannot be prevented by a seat belt. Sprains and strains are also quite common with car accidents. The contraction of a muscle is correlated with the movement of a respective tendon. When a muscle tendon is torn or over-stretched, you are left with a strain. Sprain, on the other hand, is a result of damage to a ligament.

Moreover, headaches are a very common symptom of being in a car accident. Acute headaches are known to last four to six weeks.

Headaches that last longer or seem to show minimal improvement should be of concern. Numbness is another factor that can result from a car accident. Numbness is known to radiate out of the area of locality. This symptom is typically indicative of a sensory nerve malfunction.

More on Pain after a Car Crash

Another reason to seek medical attention immediately is to ensure your medical insurance provider covers your insurance costs. Putting off seeing your doctor will seem more suspicious to your insurance provider and puts you at risk at not getting covered fiscally for your injury.

Car accidents are dangerous, especially if you go on ignoring a potential injury. Treatment does not always involve surgery and are more commonly in the form of physical therapy or medication, and, it’s essential that you speak to your physician to ensure that you don’t undergo any further damage post-accident and choose a treatment opportunity that is most fit for your lifestyle.

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