Few things can be more frightening than being suddenly involved in a car accident. Some car accidents are minor and leave a person with little more than a few bumps and bruises, while other car accidents cause much more serious injuries. Car accidents can affect every aspect of your life, from your physical well-being to your emotional state and your job. Even if you weren’t critically injured in a car accident, you may experience chronic, long lasting pain that makes it difficult to return to your day to day life. Here are some conditions that can cause pain that doesn’t go away after a car crash and how you can get help finding a pain doctor and other services you need.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that occur in a car accident. This injury is caused when the head and neck whip quickly back and forth, over extending the muscles, ligaments, and vertebrae in the neck — far beyond what they are designed to do. Whiplash often takes time to manifest symptoms, especially if the accident victim is in shock. This often leads to misdiagnosis, leaving an injured person in chronic pain that many doctors tend to underrate. Typical treatment for whiplash includes ice or heat, rest, and time. Very few doctors will take an active role in helping a whiplash patient manage their pain, saying that eventually it will go away on its own.
Lower Back Strain
The lower back can also be affected by the impact of a car accident. Disc injuries and facet joint injuries are common after collisions, but like whiplash, may not manifest right away. It may take some time before you notice that your lower back hurts or that you just don’t have the same mobility that you used to. It may hurt to sit for extended periods of time, or to bend or walk. This can seriously impact your life and make it impossible for you to work or engage in day to day activities like cooking and cleaning.
Serious head injuries, especially open head injuries, are typically diagnosed and treated in the emergency room after a car accident. However, not all head injuries are noticeable right away.
Chief among these are concussions. Concussions can cause headaches, blurred vision, and other unpleasant symptoms, but perhaps not immediately. An accident victim may start to have daily headaches a week or two after the accident and doctors don’t connect the dots, thinking there must be some underlying etiology for the pain. Mild head injuries can be debilitatingly painful and can interfere with daily life, and unless you’re visiting a specialized pain doctor familiar with how car accidents cause chronic pain, you may be brushed aside.
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If you’ve been in a car accident and are experiencing chronic pain, we can help connect you with a pain doctor who can help. These doctors understand the lasting effects of a car accident, even when the patient appears to be uninjured. We can also connect you with legal services that can help you recover compensation for damages you’ve suffered as a result of the car accident, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.