Within the first 3 days after a car accident, people can expect to start experiencing pain and swelling around the impacted areas (neck, back, legs, etc). Typically, the best course of action is to get plenty of rest and make sure that these areas aren’t impacted further. You can use ice to address the pain and swelling. Here’s a link to instructions on how to make a cold compress. Depending on what has been injured, you can elevate the area to reduce swelling and pain as well.
First 3 Days
Within 4 Days
The swelling and trapped fluids in those injured areas eventually will start to limit a person’s range of motion. This can be very painful. If you’re seeing a chiropractor for your car accident injuries, then they will have you doing rehabilitative exercises. These help unblock those fluids.
A chiropractor may also apply heat therapy at this time. Applying heat to injured areas encourages the body to send red blood cells there and this encourages the lymph system to flush out those problematic fluids from the affected area.
Within 6 Weeks
Reduced range of motion allows scar tissue to build up in the injured areas of the body. Scar tissue needs to be addressed ASAP or it can lead to:
- Chronic stiffness
- Chronic pain
- Severely limited range of motion
- Permanently weakened muscles and ligaments
- Reduced sensations in the affected area
- Increased risk of injury in the area
Within 14 Weeks
If a person has not received any treatment for their car accident injuries by this point, the pain and reduced range of motion can become permanent. A chiropractor could still help at this point, but we wouldn’t be able to make any guarantees. Please don’t wait this long to seek the appropriate medical attention for your injuries. Call us today at # to schedule an initial consultation and get back on the road to full recovery!