Car Accident Pain
Many cases we see in the office are caused by car accidents, also referred to as a PI or Personal Injury case. When you’re in a car accident, there are so many things to handle and take care of, with your auto insurance as well as any one else involved, and sometimes even medical insurances and attorneys. It can be easy to focus on the logistics of it all, but the one thing you can’t forget is yourself and your body!
In some cases, an accident is bad enough to require hospital visits, and we have many patients coming in while experiencing a lot of pain. But others, like those in a fender bender, aren’t in as much pain at first – but that doesn’t mean you should forego getting yourself checked out. Even a small bump can cause some misalignments in the spine, or weaken the muscles for a short period of time.
When an accident happens, your body releases a mix of hormones similar to the “fight or flight” response. It’s a stressful situation, so endorphins and adrenalin course through your system. Unless you can see physical evidence of damage to your body, it’s easy to ignore anything that may have happened internally with your spine, since the chemicals block pain signals.
Once this rush wears off, the soreness and aching may start to set in, and you may find that you underestimated the jolt your body received. I speak from experience now – after my car accident, which happened in traffic and at about 15 miles an hour, I didn’t expect to be hurt at all. Once Doctor Becerra checked my back and neck, though, I realized that I had tightened up more than I thought!
So even while it can be easy to push aside your physical needs after a minor accident to focus on the rest of the problem, it’s very important to just get a quick exam to make sure nothing’s going on that you may not even be feeling in your body!