Car Accident Injuries & Treatment: What to Expect Physically After an Accident
As you may know that a car accident will cause damage to your vehicle. You may also know that an accident can result in serious bodily injury that requires immediate medical attention. But did you know that not all injuries show symptoms immediately? It’s important to understand what you may experience physically after an accident to ensure you recover properly.
Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
A motor vehicle accident can result in a wide array of injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Some of the more common types of car accident injuries can include:
- Neck and back injuries, including whiplash
- Shoulder, wrist, hand, knee and elbow injuries
- Broken bones
- Burns, cuts and scrapes
- Head injuries, dizziness and nausea
- Numbness and tingling
While some injuries may seem minor at the time, it’s important to see your GP first followed by an assessment by an experienced Physiotherapist. During a car accident, your muscles, tendons, nerves, discs and joints can be affected, causing neck, shoulder, back injuries and whiplash. These injuries often require treatment by an experienced Physiotherapist who will assess and treat the affected area, resulting in pain relief and guidance during a mentally and physically stressful period.
The First Step to Recovery After a Car Accident
First things first, it’s important to remember that your body is in a state of shock after an accident. You should always seek medical attention from a qualified Physiotherapist, even if you can’t physically see any injury or if you “feel fine.” Some injuries such as head injuries and whiplash may not be immediately noticeable. This is why it’s so important to see a qualified Physiotherapist as soon as possible.
Moreover, if you wait too long to seek Physiotherapy care, your pain may worsen, even after a minor accident or take much longer to recover than it ordinarily should. Physiotherapy Professionals Parramatta are experienced at treating motor vehicle accidents and guiding you through the claims process which can often be confusing.
How Long Should I Be Sore After a Car Accident?
Aches and pains are common even after minor accidents. How long pain lasts depends on a variety of factors, including vehicle speed, vehicle size, whether you were struck, whether or not the airbags deployed, what type of injury you suffered and more. Your Physiotherapist will assess your injuries when you come in for an initial assessment and explain what you can expect in the days to come.
Don’t Ignore Delayed Symptoms After an Accident
Some symptoms may not show up until well after your accident. For example, whiplash symptoms can occur a few days or even a week after your accident. Other delayed injuries may include headaches, shoulder pain, back pain and more. Don’t ignore delayed symptoms; they may be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition that needs treatment from an experienced car accident doctor as soon as possible.
Rehabilitation Programs after Car Accident
Most car accident injuries can be treated by a skilled and experienced Physiotherapist. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, don’t wait. Reach out to today by calling 0479 080 800 or send us a message on [email protected].