When most people think of car accident related injuries, they think of whiplash.

Whiplash is undoubtedly the most common injury to people involved in car accidents – especially rear end collisions. However, there are many other injuries you may sustain; such as minor cuts, scrapes and bruises. More severe injuries include herniated discs, joint injuries, broken bones, head trauma, internal bleeding, and many others.

Whatever condition or pain you may be feeling, it is very important to be treated for your injuries. Just to be safe, have a doctor examine you for any underlying problems that you may not be fully aware of. Don’t make the mistake of not treating your condition. You may end up suffering from dull chronic pain, because you thought your neck or back pain would simply go away or you did not have the time to have yourself checked out. Seek care immediately if you have been involved in an accident, you never know what complications could arrive weeks, months, or even years after a car accident.

If you’re in a car accident:

  1. Take immediate notes of your injuries. If you’re involved in a serious collision, your body will often shock itself into high alert mode after the accident, which will temporarily reduce the effects of any injuries incurred. By taking notes immediately, you can accurately tell a professional all symptoms you’ve faced since your accident, which can then provide you with better treatment.
  2. Avoid vigorous exercise until you’ve checked with a doctor. Concussions, whiplash, and muscle injuries can worsen significantly with exercise.
  3. When you see a doctor, make sure to report everything, including notes taken from your initial injury, and dull pain. You may not think that small pain is a key issue when there’s areas that are in more pain, but in the long run, getting every ache treated is the best method to getting back on track. If your car was dented in five places, you wouldn’t want your mechanic to only fix the biggest dents, you’d want them all fixed. Similarly with your body, explaining all pain areas can only help.
  4. Don’t skip treatment! The sudden impact of car collision injuries can leave your neck, back, and posture in disarray for a lifetime if you don’t immediately seek treatment.
  5. Stretch. Relax your muscles through stretching exercises, light yoga, and similar light techniques. Texas Spine Clinic will provide thorough exercises for those who’ve been in car accidents to ensure health and promote healing.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident and are ready to start the healing process, call Texas Spine Clinic today!