By: Nima Rajan
No body wants to be a victim of a car accident, but if you are, you must immediately consider your health options. The impact from even a minor accident could affect the spine. It takes several hours or even up to a week to feel the complete symptoms of an injury after an accident, and that is why you must visit a physiotherapist to check your physical condition.
In many cases of minor accidents, patients develop whiplash, which is caused when the neck is forced to bend forwards and backwards or vice versa. Most whiplash injuries are caused by collisions involving sudden acceleration. Symptoms of whiplash generally increase as the days go by and involve pain and stiffness in the neck. Other symptoms include shoulder pain, lower back pain, arm pain, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing ears, loss of concentration and tiredness.
It’s important to know that distressing experiences such as accidents can trigger the fight-or-flight response in our bodies. This is your body’s natural psychological and physical response to stressful situations and it causes an increase of adrenaline in the body. So when your body is pumped with these fight-or-flight hormones any injuries would swell-up or not even feel significant until days after when the defence hormones are no longer in the body.
This is all nature’s way of protecting the body but seeing a physiotherapist as soon as possible after an accident can prevent the onset of chronic pain and can heal your body faster. Remember the importance of health, your body is the temple for your soul and we are the priests. So give us a call as soon as possible after being involved in an accident and we guarantee we will be the best part of your day!