Often in an auto-accident, the pain sustained is not felt immediately. In fact, many people may seem physically “fine” afterwards but report pain days or even weeks after the fact. It is thought that immediately after an accident, the body involuntarily goes into a “defence” mode and adrenaline is released, which acts as a natural pain killer. It also can be that after an accident, you may enter a state of shock, so you don’t feel anything until the adrenaline and shock wear off.
Therefore, regardless of how you feel after, it is crucial to get in and see a doctor as soon as possible. Follow-up appointments, examinations, and/or x-rays may be needed to assess the true injury(ies) sustained.
Some of the most common symptoms you can experience hours after a car accident include:
- Excruciating pain in the back, neck, or head.
- Difficulty breathing or inhaling deeply
- Pain while urinating
- Numbness or tingling that doesn’t go away after a few minutes
If you experience these or other painful symptoms, medical attention is required.
One of the major concerns when dealing with an auto-accident is injury to the spine. Even if no physical damage is visible, an accident may cause alignment to be off-balance, or discs/nerves become affected.
We can help assess the depth of your injury and ensure that the road to recovery is mapped out.
Don’t hesitate, contact us without hesitation.