Although a car accident can be done in a matter of minutes, your body can still experience significant trauma. You may have experienced delayed pain following an auto accident. It is important to seek medical attention even if there are no signs of injury.
Florida Medical Pain Management understands the effects of a car accident on your body. Integrative medicine, chiropractic, and rehabilitation care are all available to restore your health.
Car accidents are more than just a collision
Your body releases adrenaline to try and protect you from trauma in the event of an auto accident. This hormone helps protect you from harm and triggers the “fight or flee” response when you are in danger.
There are many self-preservation responses that Adrenaline can cause, including:
- Energy efficiency increases
- You can have reduced or no pain
- Increased oxygen flow through dilation of blood vessels and airways
- Increased strength due to more blood flowing to your muscles
- You may notice changes in your hearing and vision that will affect your ability to see and hear the sights and sounds around you.
Your body also releases endorphins, which make you feel relaxed and in control. Your response to stress and pain will also be affected by your endorphin levels. You may not feel pain from a car accident until you have lost your adrenaline and endorphins. Then you can start to relax.
Car accident injuries can take time to show up
Adrenalin can mask your symptoms from an auto accident. It may take some time for injuries to manifest while your body recovers.
Your body moves at the same speed as your car when you are in it. Your car will stop suddenly after an impact. However, your body will continue to move until the barrier, such as a seatbelt or airbag, stops it. The sudden change in momentum can cause soft tissue damage similar to whiplash. Because inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and swelling don’t happen immediately, these types of muscle strains or ligaments can take some time.
An auto accident can cause trauma to your spine that damages your intervertebral disks. These discs are cushions that cushion the vertebral bones, giving your spine flexibility. A disc can be damaged by being pinched, herniated, bulged, or torn. These injuries can cause pain by putting pressure on nerves and surrounding tissues.
Common delayed symptoms following a car accident include:
- Dizziness or blurred vision
- Difficulty remembering details or problems, and difficulty concentrating.
- Trouble sleeping
- Shoulder or back pain
- Stiffness in the neck
- Numbness in your feet or hands
- Restricted range of motion
This article was written by Car Injury Doctor at Florida Medical Pain Management. Florida Medical Pain Management is proud to offer comprehensive pain management services to a diverse group of patients. Patients at Florida Medical Pain Management can get help managing hip, knee, leg, and neck pain. The practice also offers comprehensive arthritis management, along with treatments for auto accidents, sports, and work injuries.