Car accidents need to be taken seriously. Whether you or a loved one was in a small fender bender or the car was totalled, serious injuries can go unnoticed. There are a ton of misconceptions and bad beliefs when it comes to accidents.
1 “Pain after the accident is normal… it will go away over time”
– Pain is a warning sign that damage has occurred. If you are experiencing pain, you need to get checked. You might have ligament damage and an underlying problem in your spine that won’t go away on its own. It is common for symptoms to subside over time. However, if the root cause isn’t taken care of, early degeneration can set in.
That pain might not go away and it could be too late. A lot of people wait too long to get checked and have to pay for the damages out of their own pocket. Some people suffer for 5, 10 or +20 years after the accident before they seek care. Don’t let this be you.
2 “There was no damage to the car so I must be OK too.”
– Collisions at 8.2 mph can cause significant trauma to the spine. In an event like this, there probably won’t be any visible damage to your car. A rear end collision at this speed can translate to 5 G’s of force through your neck and shoulders.
3 “I went to the hospital and they said I was fine.”
– That’s great! We need to rule out fractures and internal bleeding.
Did they take imaging? X-rays, CT scans and MRI’s are extremely important to find any underlying damage in your body. If you were sent home with pain, your next step should be setting up an appointment with a chiropractor. Through a detailed consultation and spinal evaluation, you can rest your head at night knowing that nothing was missed.
Don’t just hope the pain will go away, find out what is really going on and get it corrected now, before it turns into a chronic problem.