Why Pain Sustained After an Auto Accident is Often Delayed

Although a car accident can happen in a matter of seconds it can cause significant trauma to your body. You may feel delayed pain following an auto accident. There are reasons why. We at Reid Physicians Group in Jacksonville, Florida understand the effects that a car accident can cause to your body. Integrative medicine, chiropractic, as well as rehabilitative care are all available to restore your health.

Car accidents are more than just a collision

Your body releases adrenaline to try and protect you from trauma in the event of an auto accident. This hormone helps protect you from harm and triggers the “fight or flee” response when you are in danger.

There are many self-preservation responses that Adrenaline can cause, including:

  • Increased energy
  • You can have reduced or no pain
  • Increased oxygen flow through dilation of blood vessels and airways
  • Increased strength due to more blood flowing to your muscles
  • You may notice changes in your hearing and vision that will affect your ability to see and hear the sights and sounds around you.

Your body also releases endorphins, which make you feel relaxed and in control. Your response to stress and pain will also be affected by your endorphin levels. You may not feel pain from a car accident until you have lost your adrenaline and endorphins. Then you can start to relax.

Car accident injuries can take time to show up

Adrenalin can mask your symptoms from an auto accident. It may take some time for injuries to manifest while your body recovers.

Your body moves at the same speed as your car when you are in it. Your car will stop suddenly after an impact. However, your body will continue to move until the barrier, such as a seatbelt or airbag, stops it. The sudden change in momentum can cause soft tissue damage similar to whiplash. Because inflammation, swelling, stiffness, and swelling don’t happen immediately, these types of muscle strains or ligaments can take some time.

An auto accident can cause trauma to your spine that damages your intervertebral disks. These discs are cushions that cushion the vertebral bones, giving your spine flexibility. A disc can be damaged by being pulled, pushed or displaced. These injuries can cause pain by putting pressure on nerves and surrounding tissues.

Common delayed symptoms following a car accident include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness or blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty remembering details or problems, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Swelling
  • Shoulder or back pain
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Numbness in your feet or hands
  • Restricted range of motion

Early diagnosis can speed up your recovery, and decrease the risk of future pain and complications. Call Reid Physicians Group today if you have been in a car accident. You can also schedule an appointment online.

Updated 01/18/22