After a car crash, it's typical for people to wait to get treatment. Most people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This mindset can be a mistake.
A number of clinical studies have found that when a patient gets early treatment after a wreck, they have a better end result than those people who wait to get care.
During a collision, the tissues of your neck can be stretched or torn. You may not feel discomfort right away, but as the tissues become swollen and inflamed, patients often get up the next day tender and with a stiff neck.
Pain and tightness are indicators of damage to the ligaments and muscles of your spine. The human body's response to injury is to restrict movement and to repair the injury by sending white blood cells to the area. Your body will then begin repairing the injured area by laying down scar tissue.
The problem with scar tissue is that each segment in your neck has a fairly limited range of motion. Scar tissue reduces that mobility even more, and if you don't receive proper care, that can result in permanently restricted range of motion, long-term pain, and even spinal deterioration of the joints.
Getting early treatment will break up this pattern by enhancing motion in the damaged area and by protecting against the development of scar tissue.
If you've been in a crash, it's critical that you contact a health care professional without delay to be checked out and to start the process of healing.
If you have been in an auto collision, Dr. Green is here in Bonita Springs, FL to help. We can work to identify the underlying source of your problem and formulate a plan of action to help you restore your health. We have helped many people in Bonita Springs, FL heal from these sorts of injuries and we may be able to help you, as well!
Call our office today at (239) 495-1166 for an appointment or for more information.