Minor accidents usually result in your car being dented but you feeling fine. Afterwards, people will get their cars fixed up, but they can often neglect themselves. Here are three reasons why your car might not be the only one needing a check-up after a minor accident.
Time-delay – Car accidents, even minor ones, cause endorphins and adrenaline to flood through your body. This “fight or flight” response aids you by arousing a heightened state of awareness at a time where you likely need it. There is, however, one drawback.
The elevated levels of excitement in your body can mask your sense of pain at the time of the crash. It is only once the levels of these chemicals return to normal that you can properly access whether you’ve been injured.
Soft-tissue injuries (aka whiplash) – One of the most common injuries in car accidents is due to the body being suddenly thrown forward and then back. This lurching movement can cause injury to the soft tissues in your body, primarily the muscles, but also to tendons and ligaments.
The most common muscle to be injured is, unsurprisingly, the neck muscle. The pain and swelling from these injuries may not show up for days or even weeks. Therefore, it’s important to seek medical help to ensure you don’t have this injury.
Concussions – The same violent jolting movement that causes neck injuries can also cause concussions. Hitting your head against the inside of the car can also cause one. Concussions are dangerous. Not only are their symptoms sometimes delayed, but they can be subtle as well. They can come in the form of a general dizziness or what seems like an ordinary headache.
Now that you know more about these factors can help you to seek medical attention after a minor accident, even if you think you feel fine. The chemicals in your brain can conceal feelings of pain. Seeing a doctor after all accidents is an important safeguard to ensure that you are in good health.