When to Consult a Doctor After an Auto Injury

Car accidents seriously injure 4.4 million people each year, but many have no idea they had an injury until weeks later. 

At Lifestyle Rejuvenation Medical Group in the heart of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, our team specializes in diagnosing and treating auto injuries, like whiplash. If you’ve had a car accident, here’s why you shouldn’t wait to schedule an appointment.

Your body can conceal your pain

It’s easy to assume you don’t need a doctor unless you have pain or discomfort. But, when you are involved in a car accident, your body’s natural response can hide many signs of distress.

When you experience a traumatic event like a car accident, your body releases adrenaline and endorphins as part of the “fight or flight” response. This sharp increase in adrenaline causes:

Unlike adrenaline, which activates your body, endorphins provide a calming response. This reaction is why many feel controlled and relaxed during high moments of stress, and it also helps you better manage pain.

As a result, you can have a serious injury without experiencing signs of pain.

It can take time for symptoms to appear

A car accident often only takes a fraction of a second. This drastic change in momentum can cause significant trauma to the delicate structures making up the complex anatomy of your neck and spine, leading to injuries that range from broken bones to soft tissue damage.

Broken bones often cause discomfort immediately, but soft tissue damage or herniated discs usually don’t. That’s because it takes time for swelling and inflammation to develop, which generally triggers symptoms of a problem. Unfortunately, it can take days, weeks, or months for these symptoms to arise.

The most common signs of an auto injury include:

In some cases, you can also experience more serious issues like balance problems, abdominal pain, nausea, blurred vision, or confusion. 

If you’ve had an auto accident, don’t wait to seek medical attention. Contact us at Lifestyle Rejuvenation Medical Group by calling 773-667-9053 or by requesting an appointment online today.


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