Delayed Onset of Symptoms after Auto Accident
Following any auto accident, the mental and emotional stresses can be severe. Each person reacts differently based upon location in the automobile, seatbelts, airbags, seeing the accident coming, and other mental and emotional factors as well. The body often responds with a sympathetic response along with emotional concerns that immediately follow. This can make it difficult to become aware of other factors, such as physical issues and pains that may not present any signs for a few days, or up to a couple weeks.
No matter the severity of the auto accident, it’s imperative to get your body examined within just a day or 2, or as soon as possible following the accident. Knowing that many symptoms may have a delayed onset, many people wait to begin proper treatment thinking there was no injury. Especially upon lower impact accidents, many stall in the crucial time frame to get the proper care needed. It has been shown that most whiplash injuries from a rear-end collision, but mostly at only 14 mph or less.
The number one conservative coarse of care following an auto accident is chiropractic care. It is well known that the first 4-6 weeks following the accident allow for conservative chiropractic care to restore range of motion, decrease pain and inflammation, and restore overall neurological function. Depending on the severity of the injury will determine the treatment protocol and whether any type of pain management or other necessary procedures would be needed.
The following are symptoms that may occur immediately or have a delayed onset following an auto accident:
- Neck Pain or Back Pain
- Mental confusion/lack of focus
- Shoulder or other extremity pain
- Radiating pain or numbness
- TMJ pain
To ensure proper diagnosis and treatment following your accident, call our office in Keller, TX at 817-337-3636 to schedule your consultation and examination. Our doctors at Performance Chiropractic Clinic are specialized in brain and whiplash traumatology and will thoroughly evaluate your condition to limit or eliminate any residual effects from your car accident. Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and stretching are the most common non-invasive approaches for a whiplash type of injury and we specialize in the application gentle chiropractic techniques and needle-less acupuncture to enhance your healing and results.
Dr. Dennis James, Keller Chiropractor
Certified in Brain & Whiplash Traumatology & Acupuncture