When Does Pain Start After an Auto Accident in Somerset-Bowie, MD?

When Does Pain Start After an Auto Accident in Somerset-Bowie, MD?  You’ve just experienced whiplash, back pain, neck pain, or headaches from a recent auto accident and may be looking for answers to some of your questions. To answer a very common question I receive, which is “Shouldn’t I be in pain immediately after the accident?” The answer to that question is everyone is different and pain can begin immediately, later that day, the following morning, two days later, three days later, and in a few occasional instances, weeks later. There are several factors that have an effect on when you may experience pain.

These contributing factors can include, but are not limited to, the current health of the person who was involved in the auto accident, any preexisting injuries, quality of the restraints (seatbelts) in the car and if they were used correctly, an individual’s perception of pain, awareness of the accident beginning to occur, and the responsibilities of the person involved in the auto accident in Somerset-Bowie, MD. A few examples of responsibilities being taking care of their children also in the car, a spouse or friend who may be critically injured, and moving clear of a dangerous situation such as an intersection or highway. Adrenaline is powerful and the full effect of what just happened will remain numb until later.

Similar to DOMS, delayed onset muscle soreness, from when you work out, aches and pains can begin up to 72 hours later. The soft tissue, or connective tissue that was injured becomes inflamed due to micro trauma, or small tears in the tissue. The full effect of the inflammatory reaction that occurs isn’t felt until 48 to 72 hours later. This is why it is not uncommon for the delayed pain to be indicated by many individuals.

What should you do when the pain begins in Somerset-Bowie? Always seek proper assessment and care guidance from a qualitied health care provider. A qualified health care provider for this particular situation should have a complete understanding of what happens to the human body during collision, remain engaged in specialized post-doctoral training on the subject matter of soft tissue injuries, crash dynamics, and the latest treatment protocols, understands the utilization of appropriate tests and additional imaging that needs to be ordered to reveal any possible soft tissue damage, as well as have connections and refer to other specialists when needed. When these cases are handled as any other case, outcomes are often diminished and long-term pain complications become increasingly common. Having your symptoms examined and cared for by a qualified health care provider cannot be emphasized enough in the Bowie, Crofton, or Somerset-Bowie area.

If you have any questions about yourself, a family member, a friend, or a co-worker who has recently been in an auto accident, please contact the office of Dr. L Hands at Precise Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, we will be more than happy to assist you.


Precise Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

2191 Defense Hwy Suite 222

Crofton, MD 21114

(410) 370-0600

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