If you were able to walk away from a car accident with minimal scrapes and cuts, it is easy to think that you were not hurt. However, most car accident injuries are not easily spotted. The reason behind this is because the rush of adrenaline that comes with getting into a car accident can mask any symptoms of pain.
If you do not get any medical attention, you may not know about the internal injuries that you might be suffering from. If left untreated, you might end up experiencing more pain as a result.
Here are some of the dangers that come with untreated injuries.
Whiplash is the most common injury to get after a car accident. The sudden jerking of the head from backwards to forwards can cause the muscles, tendons and ligaments around the neck to stretch beyond their limitations and cause micro-tears. This will cause neck pain, stiffness and tightness.
If left untreated, the whiplash can lead to headaches and chronic pain, all caused by the damage in the muscles, ligaments and tendons in the neck. Whiplash can be difficult to diagnose because a person might not realize that they have whiplash until the symptoms show up hours or even a day later after the accident.
This type of injury can heal in time, but if it isn’t untreated, whiplash can cause months of pain. Proper whiplash treatment can help strengthen the area around the neck and increase the mobility.
Untreated Brain Trauma
Brain trauma can go undetected for most of the time, and their effects can range from mild to severe. Although mild brain injuries, such as concussions, can heal within a few weeks – it can lead to severe problems if it is left undiagnosed.
Some problems untreated brain trauma can lead to irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, mood changes and depression.
Untreated Back Injuries
Back injuries are very common after a car accident. However, if you don’t do any proper testing such as being examined by a chiropractor or conducting an MRI, you won’t know the full extent of the damage. A proper and thorough examination can help discover any back sprains, herniated discs and other spinal injuries.
If back injuries are left untreated, it can lead to bad posture, muscle spasms, chronic back pain and sometimes an increased risk of a pinched nerve. Getting medical treatment for your back pain can make the recovery process a quicker and smoother one.
In conclusion, treatment will help speed up the recovery process and will allow your injuries to be healed properly, which can get your body to the condition it was before the accident. Most motor vehicle accident injuries are covered by the majority of insurance companies, so it would not hurt to go and visit a physiotherapist and/or chiropractor to detect any hidden traumas and to ensure a comprehensive and healing recovery which will benefit your body in the long term.