An auto accident can cause any number of injuries ranging from internal bleeding to broken bones. Most accidents, however, are not that severe. With most fender bender collisions, concussions, bumps, bruises, and soft tissue injuries can be extremely painful. One of the most common auto accident injuries that many people experience is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head continues to move at the same rate of speed prior to the accident. When the vehicle comes to an abrupt stop, the head is violently jerked backward resulting in damage to both the soft and connective tissues. It can take several weeks for a whiplash injury to heal, even with regular physical therapy sessions.
When an auto accident occurs, there may be no apparent injuries. In fact, the adrenaline that is released during the time following an auto accident can block pain signals from traveling to the brain. During the "fight or flight" response, the body goes into preservation mode providing the body the energy it needs to make sure it can reach safety. This will override certain sensations in the body for limited periods of time. Once the adrenaline begins to wear off the person will begin to feel the pain and discomfort associated with their injuries. This can take anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. At that time, the person will begin to feel the full extent of their injuries.
After an auto accident, it is important to go to the emergency room or at least be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. Even a minor auto accident can result in internal injuries, whiplash, or a concussion. Many injuries show no physical marks or bruising until several hours after the accident. Even if the person allows themselves to be checked out at the scene of the accident, there may be structural issues that can be picked up on an x-ray. Visiting a chiropractor a day or two after the accident will allow the person to receive a physical adjustment that may relieve any pain and discomfort that was caused by the auto accident. Evergreen’s digital x-rays can pick up associated injuries.
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