Car accidents may have long-lasting consequences

The damage to your vehicle may be apparent, but the severity of your personal injuries may not be immediately obvious. Often, the onset of symptoms is delayed by days or weeks. This is because a traumatic experience like a car accident can cause the body to produce adrenaline. Adrenalin is the body’s natural pain killer and can mask the immediate pain from a traumatic injury. As adrenaline slowly wears off, people then begin to feel the effects of the crash.

Common injuries associated with auto collisions

even at slow rates of speed, include spinal injuries in the neck and low back, joint injury, and concussion. From slipped and herniated discs to compression fractures and spinal cord damage; there are many types of back injuries related to car accidents. Seat belt restraint can cause shoulder injury and whiplash or head trauma can cause disorientation and symptoms related to concussion.

Even without immediate pain it is possible that you have serious injury

All of these injuries can cause severe debilitating pain and can impact your ability to work or care for your family. Even without immediate pain it is possible that you have serious injury. In fact, statistics show that the primary cause of permanent injury after an accident is delayed treatment.

It is always recommended that you have medical evaluation following a collision

to make sure you are checked for possible injuries. When seen in a hospital emergency room, accident victims are X rayed or a CT scan is used to ensure there aren’t any broken bones, then prescribed medication for pain control and released if stable. This does not mean there are not significant ongoing injuries that require continued medical treatment. Unfortunately, may patients get “lost” as what to do next.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should be evaluated by one of University Orthopedics’ doctors (link to physicians). University Orthopedic Care Clinics (Link to locations) offer the care to help you heal from your injuries sustained from your auto accident. Our Accident Injury Doctors are available to answer your questions and can see you immediately. We may even be able to provide you with transportation if necessary. We have successfully helped many other accident injury patients throughout Florida; let us help you.