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What To Expect Physically After a Car Accident

what to expect physically after a car accident

Car Accident Portland Oregon Overview:

There are typically between 10,000 and 12,000 reported crashes in Portland Metro Area each year. The Oregon Department of Transportation compiles information about these crashes to create the state’s official crash record.

The Oregon Department of Transportation releases the complete official crash record 12 to 18 months after the end of the year reported. For example, 2016 crash data was made available in May of 2018.

At national level, Every year there are roughly 3 million vehicle related injuries in the US we have read. So if the Portland Metro area represents roughly 1% of the US population that makes about 37,500 injuries a year or about 100 car accident injuries a day in the Portland Metro Area

A car accident chiropractor implements different chiropractic treatments for whiplash, including spinal manipulation, muscle relaxation and various exercises. Cervical spinal manipulation is often used for whiplash in the neck area. This technique involves a chiropractor manually and gently moving the joint into the direction in which it’s restricted. For muscle dysfunction associated with whiplash, a chiropractor stimulates the muscles with gentle stretches to relax the muscles that are inhibited. Stabilization and sensorimotor exercise like the McKenzie exercises are also implemented to correct faulty movement patterns associated with whiplash. These exercises train the nervous system to better control movement patterns while strengthening the neck muscles.

How To Take Care Of Your Physical Health After a Car Accident

You should expect to feel sore and achy after a high-impact accident. But it’s crucial that you recognize the difference between bumps or bruises and more significant physical injuries that require medical care and treatment. Left untreated, even minor injuries can worsen and cause long-term pain and disability down the road.

Seek Immediate Care For Serious Symptoms

Some symptoms are more significant than others and require immediate medical attention. If you believe you have a fracture, spinal cord injury or head injury, seek emergent care.

 

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury and it’s one of the most common car accident injuries. If you lose consciousness (even for a few seconds), feel dizzy or confused, can’t remember what happened, feel drowsy and lethargic, have difficulty communicating or thinking clearly, have a headache, or have nausea and vomiting, you may have a concussion. Don’t delay medical treatment for a concussion — if you have a head injury, your doctor needs to perform testing to ensure you don’t have life-threatening brain swelling or bleeding.

What If Your Pain Was Delayed?

Many people experience pain after a car accident, and delayed symptoms are common. For instance, you may notice soreness in your neck or shoulders, start to have abdominal pain, or get headaches hours or days after the accident. If you’ve been in a car wreck, it’s best to get examined right away, especially if you have any symptoms.

If you plan on claiming injuries with insurance, it’s important to know how long you have to go to the hospital after a car accident. Check with the insurance company. In Oregon, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a car accident lawsuit. But the longer you wait to receive medical attention, the harder it is to make your case for personal injury.

Physical Health After a Car Accident

Car Accident Trauma Symptoms

When someone survives a traumatic crash or other event, it is difficult to predict the long-term emotional shock after car accident. Not every person will suffer from emotional distress serious enough to require professional medical treatment.

However, some car accident survivors go on to experience severe emotional trauma which can result in many life-affecting symptoms that could be related to a brain injury. After being involved in a serious car accident, survivors have reported experiencing feelings of:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Shock
  • Anger
  • Nervousness
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Loneliness
  • Embarrassment
  • Uneasiness
  • Mood swings
  • Chronic fatigue or exhaustion
  • Loss of appetite

When you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the last thing you might be concerned with is the emotional and psychological effects that it can have. Many times, the physical pain, soreness, swelling and bruising are hard to ignore and immediate medical attention is required in order to heal your body.

It’s common to think only of the physical injuries that can occur with car accidents, but injuries aren’t always physical. What is often overlooked following serious motor vehicle accidents is an increased risk for psychological trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can develop after any type of traumatizing event, and car accidents — especially violent ones — can certainly be traumatizing enough to cause PTSD and other mental trauma.

Often, car accident survivors find themselves reliving the accident through nightmares and flashbacks. These symptoms can be debilitating and cause the sufferer to become avoidant, to withdraw themselves socially and to isolate themselves from their family, friends and work.

Integrity Auto & Work Injury Chiropractor

Integrity Auto & Work Injury Chiropractor

Injuries caused by low speed collisions are not frequently diagnosed by medical doctors and symptoms may not show up for months. If you are concerned about your health after an accident, our accident recovery chiropractic care plans can help explain your injury and get you back to health.

In order to succeed with treating auto injury, finding someone who understands your situation is vital. The team at Integrity auto accident Injury Clinic is very knowledgeable about these sorts of injuries and are able to accurately evaluate your spinal situation. With care, the sooner you start, the less likely you are to develop long term spinal and nervous system issues.

 

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