Almost every car accident can be traumatizing. Whether you suffer from minor or major injuries, emotions are always running high right after an accident. Most of the time people are unaware that they have been hurt in an accident. It is common for symptoms to appear days or even weeks after an accident. Even if you have not showing signs of injury, we advise that you see a medical professional to make sure that there are no underlying problems. Many people do not respond wisely to common signals that the body gives when they have been injured. Pain that is left unattended can create scar tissue and fiber adhesions.
Reasons for Body Aches After an Accident
Muscle pain and tension are the most common symptoms after an accident. There are a few reasons as to why your muscles start hurting after your accident. The first reason is because your muscle fibers overstretch when they are damaged, therefore inflammation and swelling develops. It is not unlike when you injure your ankle; your ligaments have been stretched and that is when swelling occurs. Oftentimes the pain can start immediately after an accident or it will begin a few days after. Once your nerves become irritated, they begin to swell and the body does what it can in order to protect the damaged areas. Inflammation and swelling build up and can irritate the nerves that are around your muscles.
Once your nerves around your muscles become irritated, it sends a signal to your brain to protect the area around the damaged muscle. So not only are the muscle tissues damaged, but the contact inflammation and irritation causes your muscles to tighten and spasm.
The second reason your body will start to feel sore after an accident is due to what is called counterforce. This happens when see are preparing your body for the accident and you brace and tighten the muscles in your body. This kind of muscle injury is commonly seen in the neck, shoulder, and arms of the body of the driver in a car accident who likely braced the steering wheel.
Common Injury Symptoms After an Accident
- Neck or shoulder pain and stiffness – Whiplash is the most common delayed symptom that is associated with car accidents. Most whiplash injuries are due to the result of rear-end collisions. You may require x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs to get a proper diagnosis.
- Headaches – Headaches typically develop several days after the car crash. Oftentimes they can signal a potentially serious problem, such as, blood clots, injury to the neck or head, or a serious concussion.
- Back Pain – Back pain is generally caused by the tensing up of the muscles in your back before and during the accident. Lower back pain is most common in more than half of rear impact collisions.
- Abdominal Pain and Swelling – This could indicate a sign of internal bleeding or bruising. Other symptoms include large areas of bruising, dizziness, and fainting. Internal bleeding can remain undiscovered and untreated for days; yet it can be a life-threatening condition that needs to be treated by a doctor right away.
Treatments for Muscle Aches and Pain
Therapeutic Exercises – Rehabilitation of damaged muscles is treated in three phases – retiring motion, endurance, strength. When muscles begin to heal, scar tissue is laid down in the areas that suffered from damage. Scar tissue fills in the areas just like scar tissue on the outside of the body. That is what it is like to heal muscle tissue. Most people will want to see a physical therapist in order to help their muscles heal.
Chiropractic Care – A lot of people will go to a chiropractor after they have been in an accident. This is because a jolt of the body can cause your body, your spine, neck, hips, shoulders, etc. to become misaligned. A lot of our clients have benefited from chiropractic care after their accidents.
In addition to the physical trauma, a lot of people suffer from mental and emotional trauma as well. We always encourage our clients and anyone who has been injured in an accident to seek treatment from their primary care physician right away.
Seeing a doctor will help your case tremendously, especially if you have been injured. Most people do not know that seeing their doctor right away not only helps with healing, but it is wonderful for your case. It shows that you took the initiative to take care of yourself and that the injuries you sustained were legitimate.
Your car accident lawyer will be able to use your medical bills to get you the settlement that you need to help you recover from any monetary loss.