When you are in an auto accident, pain from injuries often doesn’t appear until hours, days or even weeks afterward. Many people walk away from auto accidents “without a scratch” only to suffer crippling pain, neck strain or headaches much later. It’s actually quite common for pain and injuries after a car accident to remain undetected for a long period of time.
A Natural Reaction to Trauma
That’s because when you are in an accident, the body automatically secretes defensive hormones such as adrenaline that are natural pain-killers. In some cases, people go into a state of shock after an accident, leaving them immune to pain or other symptoms of injuries. It’s only hours or even days later – after the body’s natural defenses wear off – that they begin to realize that they were hurt in the accident.
Back pain from a motor accident can be one of the worst forms of chronic back pain. Unfortunately, this is a common issue with those who experienced accidents. While whiplash is often associated with neck pain this sudden start and stop of speed and force of the fall or related injury is enough to hurt even your spine.
Post-Traumatic Pain Symptoms
Some of the most common symptoms you can experience hours after a car accident include:
- Excruciating pain in the back, neck or head.
- Difficulty breathing or inhaling deeply
- Pain while urinating
- Numbness or tingling that doesn’t go away after a few minutes
If you experience these or other painful symptoms, it is time to seek medical treatment immediately. If you or somebody you know has recently been in an auto accident, it’s important that you schedule a consultation with one of our professionals as soon as possible – even if you are not currently experiencing any pain. The trauma caused by car collisions can take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks to develop. Don’t wait until your body is wracked with pain. Get the help you need at Williamson County Integrative Medicine today!