If you feel any pain or discomfort after your car crash, the answer is “seek medical help as soon as you can.” But even if you don’t feel pain, a doctor’s visit should be high on your list of priorities. Our bodies are remarkably resilient, but not built to withstand the thousands of pounds of metal, glass, and plastic that collide in an automobile accident. Even the safest cars out there can’t cover everything.
Our bodies react automatically to stress by releasing emergency hormones that can dull pain for a brief period. What feels like a minor bump or ache immediately after your accident can progress to serious or debilitating pain hours, or even days after the crash. The nature of the injuries may mean that symptoms don’t show up for even longer—weeks or even months, in some cases, depending on the type, severity, and location of the injury.
A timely exam and analysis by a specialist can identify skeletal or soft tissue damage that may cause pain, or worsen and result in long-term injury.