Scared after a car accident? (Don't Be)
Updated: Oct 31, 2022
It's October, fall is here. The leaves are changing color, the temperature is going lower and Halloween is a day that some like to be scared by. Being scared by fictitious ghouls and ghosts is one thing, getting scared because you were involved in a car accident is another.
First, the good news. Most car accidents don't kill people. The accidents you see on T.V. are the most dangerous, and that's why they get televised. But for most of us, accidents usually consist of the inconvenience of getting our cars repaired in a timely manner, dealing with insurance adjustors, attorneys and getting our health back to the way it was before the accident. I can' t help you with all of the other scary details, except for getting your health back in order.
The most common injuries for people in car accidents are whiplash, back pain, headaches and shoulder pain. These injuries can occur in high speed AND low speed accidents. Although seat belts save lives, there is a product liability with them. They hold occupants to their seats but when the car stops at impact, your body keeps going. This can put great stress on the neck, mid-back, low back, shoulders and chest. What typically happens is that muscles in your neck, back and shoulders tighten up at impact, and when they are stopped by the seatbelt, muscle tearing occurs in these areas. Muscles tears are not easily determined by imaging like x-rays, MRI and CT Scans. But we can look to underlying issues in the areas that are injured. Some people who have arthritis, disc problems, scoliosis, spinal stenosis have dormant conditions, or conditions that were healed-until the accident occurred, then the symptoms begin. We correlate causality with bodily injury, and bodily injury with functional loss. We prepare a proper diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan after a full examination.
So don't be scared by these injuries. I know, I have been injured several times in an auto accident. Once you know what to expect, the treatment and what the insurance company is doing to compensate you for the property damage you have and bodily injuries, getting back to normal is much easier. Also, having an expert trauma trained doctor treat you is important. You can see my credentials here:
If you have been in an auto accident and are experiencing headaches, neck pain, mid-back pain, low back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, jaw pain, blurred vision, dizziness, spinal stenosis, disc herniations or disc bulges and live in the Chicagoland area like, Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, Oak Brook, Stone Park, Bellwood, Berkeley, Melrose Park, Northlake, Bensenville or Westchester, contact Auto Accident Pain Relief Center of Illinois 24/7 at 800-862-5914.