After a car accident, neuro-musculoskeletal pain and symptoms may not be present immediately. Sometimes it can take several days for the pain to present. It is always best to get evaluated by a primary care provider and chiropractor to ensure there are no serious injuries and to guide you to any medically necessary imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI.
Although you may not feel pain immediately after the car accident, injuries such as whiplash, sprains, and disc herniations can present several days later. This commonly presents as excessive tightness, stiffness, sharp pain, radiating pain, numbness, or tingling. In regards to concussion symptoms after a car accident, you may experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, feeling irritable, memory loss, feeling foggy, or loss of appetite.
It is important to seek an evaluation 14 days following the accident because, in the state of Florida, it allows you to use your Personal Injury Protection. Personal Injury Protection, also known as PIP, is the coverage of healthcare provided to those with car insurance. It's important to utilize this after an accident to get the care you deserve and help prevent the risk of chronic pain and injury after the accident.
No matter what anyone says, you have a choice in who you choose to guide you through care post-accident. There is undoubtedly lots of chaos and decisions to make and we emphasize how important it is to utilize a clinician who puts YOUR health and goals first. When consulting with a lawyer, you must understand that they do not make the healthcare decisions for you. It is the duty of the Doctor to order any clinically necessary imaging and discuss a detailed plan of care following a traumatic incident such as a car accident. In addition, our Doctors work diligently with the insurance and lawyer to ensure all paperwork necessary is completed and well-detailed for all cases.
- Cervical Whiplash
- Lumbar Sprain/Strain
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Wrist Sprain/Strain