Even if you feel great right after a car accident, the chances of pain or symptoms showing up later is highly probable.
The human body is built to withstand pain and to overcome weaknesses. The body will “cope” and self-adjust to pain, but eventually, the muscles, joints, and skeletal system will give into the pain over time. Our bodies can only cope for so long, sometimes weeks, sometimes months.
In most cases, the pain will wear on us to a point of breaking where our bodies will begin to really take serious damage to our nerves, muscles, and skeletal structure.
Think of it like this analogy:
You’re building a house.
You begin to pour the concrete for the foundation, but then, one of the footings that holds the concrete is not properly secured.
As you pour more concrete it begins to apply pressure to the weak footing. It may not happen right away, but eventually, the pressure from the weight of the liquid concrete or the structure will push the loose footings right out and compromise the entire foundation.
This is the same with sustaining an injury from a car accident.
Eventually, your body’s footings will give out as it cannot withstand the pressure of the injury for very long.
The best thing you can do after a car accident, whether you are in pain or no pain, is to see a medical examiner, such as a chiropractor, immediately. A chiropractor can diagnose the pain and determine the extent of your injury and if it needs additional treatment.
Just like our analogy above, if your body has a weakness or bad foundation, it will expose itself. A medical professional is trained to look for these kinds of weaknesses and evaluate the full extent of an injury.
Chiropractors know that in order to alleviate the pain, they can’t just address the symptoms, but rather, get to the root cause of the pain. Chiropractors look at the entire body, muscle groups, and spine for clues as to what may be causing the pain.
The most common car accident injury is whiplash – when the body (especially the head and neck) is in motion and is suddenly forced to stop. Think of a car traveling and it is suddenly halted… although the car might stop, the people or objects in the car will continue on a forward path of motion until impact or until the motion is stopped by the seat belt or some part of the vehicle.
Pain from a whiplash injury can present itself in the form of many kinds of symptoms: headaches, neck aches, back pain, bruises, contusions, herniated discs, and other serious kinds of impacts.
Chiropractic treatment is both natural and non-invasive. Chiropractors use natural movements in the body to reset the spine, joints, and muscles. As said above, chiropractors know that in order to alleviate the pain, they can’t just address the symptoms, but rather, get to the root cause of the pain.
If you’ve suffered from a car accident, don’t wait any longer to seek medical advice. Even if it has been months since your accident, you can still claim insurance and get the medical help that you need to recover and ensure that you’re fully healthy. Some injuries may not expose themselves for months or years after a traumatic accident.