Why You Should Always Seek Medical Care After an Auto Accident

If you’ve been in a catastrophic automobile accident, emergency services will make it such you have no choice but to seek medical attention. But, less serious collisions that don’t leave you with more than a bruise or bump may give you pause. Do you need to take the time and be inconvenienced by visiting a medical professional if you feel okay?

The answer is a resounding “Yes.” Don’t walk away from an auto accident assuming everything is okay. Treat the incident seriously by seeking medical attention so you can ensure you're functioning optimally and don’t have unseen issues that could take a toll on your health.

Read on to find out why it’s in your best interest to be checked out and have your issues resolved.

Pain Doesn’t Always Show Up Immediately

You may feel fine, but you should still see a doctor as soon as you can after the accident. Symptoms can appear days following the incident, and they include dizziness, back and neck pain, soreness, numbness and tingling in your extremities, and headaches.

If you hold off on getting care for days or weeks, it’s harder to prove that your injuries resulted from the automobile accident. You may not notice your injuries right away because of your natural physiological response to trauma.

Your body responds to pain signals and stress by producing endorphins, which mask immediate pain. Once you step away from the accident, the endorphins ebb and pain becomes evident.

Prevent Long-Term Complications

The longer you go without receiving medical attention, the more you put your long-term health and wellness at risk. Do not assume your injuries will resolve on their own.

The impact of a car accident can cause head and spine trauma, which don’t always have immediate, outward symptoms. At Wolmed, you can be seen by a doctor and chiropractor to thoroughly evaluate your injuries and address any possible issues – such as spinal misalignment – that could cause you serious health problems in the future.

Seeking treatment right after a wreck means you can receive proactive treatment before symptoms start to sideline you and interfere with your daily function.

Even Minor Accidents Can Cause Your Body Damage

Even collisions experienced at a slow speed can cause issues such as whiplash. Symptoms of whiplash aren’t just the obvious neck pain; you may experience ongoing migraines, blurred vision, or ear ringing instead.

Even seemingly minor incidents cause problems because of the surprise factor. You don’t plan to have a car accident. You have no time to brace yourself for impact, and as a result, your body undergoes trauma – usually to soft tissue around the spine and neck.

Strengthen Your Personal Injury Claim

If you’re involved in an accident and plan to file a personal injury claim, seeking immediate medical treatment is imperative. Even if you aren’t sure you’ll take legal action at the time of the event, getting checked out at Wolmed and documenting all immediate and long-term medical costs associated with the accident helps you pursue a claim in the future.

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