What If My Accident Injuries Don’t Show Up Right Away?
Vehicle accident injuries can be late-appearing. Almost any car accident is a traumatic event. From catastrophic collisions to fender-benders, there is a lot of force involved when a vehicle hits (or is hit by) something. Often, when people are in a car accident that seems minor, they do not notice any injury symptoms right away.
Soft Tissue Injuries After a Car Accident
A soft tissue injury refers to damage done to parts of the body other than bone. Muscles, tendons, and ligaments are considered “soft tissue.”
Car accidents, even low-speed ones, generate a lot of force. Drivers and passengers stay in motion when their vehicle in a car accident comes to a sudden stop. The motion is halted by the seatbelt, steering wheel or dash. They may get thrown around the passenger area following a car accident. This is how many injuries take place. The force of impact damages joints and other vulnerable areas of the body.
Perhaps the most common — if not the most recognized — type of soft-tissue injury is “whiplash.” This refers to an injury to the neck muscles when the head is suddenly, and forcefully, thrown forward and then back.
Soft tissue injuries typically result in pain, swelling, and reduced mobility, but these symptoms may not show up immediately. They can take days, even weeks, to manifest. In addition, soft tissue injuries are seldom visible on an X-ray. This makes them more challenging to diagnose and document. Dr. Dean M. Zusmer of Miami Accident Center has many years of experience diagnosing and treating accident patients while maintaining detailed documentation. Getting proper medical treatment is the key first step, at or even before the first sign of pain or discomfort.
See a Chiropractic Doctor in Miami After a Car Accident
Following a car accident, you should see a chiropractor if you feel any level of pain and discomfort. It may even be a good idea to get checked out even if you “feel fine”. Your doctor will be in the best position to determine whether you have sustained any serious injuries in the accident. Your doctor can also give you advice on monitoring symptoms of potential injuries, including red flags to watch out for.
If you end up making an injury claim after the accident, it’s crucial that the doctor be very detailed regarding your injuries and treatment. Also, it is important to know that the personal injury protection (PIP) is forfeited if medical treatment is not established within a 14 day period following the accident. You can also ask your doctor to recommend an attorney that specializes in personal injury law. They will be able to answer any legal questions that you may have following an auto accident.
Call today to schedule your initial evaluation at Miami Accident Center.
Dr. Dean M. Zusmer
Miami Accident Center Main Office Location: 2645 SW 37th Ave, Suite #503 Miami, FL 33133
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