Dangers of Untreated Injuries
If you are able to walk away from an accident, whether it was a car crash, slip and fall, or other incident, it’s possible that you think you were not hurt. However, many injuries are not easily seen with the naked eye. One of the most common reasons a person will think they are ok is from the rush of adrenaline, fear, and even anger that comes from an incident where you may have been hurt.
If you refuse or do not get medical attention, you may not know about internal injuries you suffered that could cause you great pain.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that can occur after a car accident, blow to the head, falling, and much more. The sudden jerking of the head forward and then back can quickly injure the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in and around the neck, causing neck pain, stiffness, and tightness.
Untreated whiplash can lead to chronic pain and headaches, caused by the damaged inner workings of the neck.
A person may not realize they have whiplash until symptoms begin showing up hours later. Although this type of injury can heal with time, untreated whiplash can cause months of pain and suffering. By getting proper whiplash treatment, you can strengthen the area around the neck and increase mobility.
Untreated Back Injuries
Back injuries are all too common after a car accident or fall. However, unless you are properly examined by a chiropractor or you complete imaging tests, such as MRI, you won’t really know how much damage was caused. A proper examination can help diagnose back sprains and strains, herniated discs, and other spinal injuries.
Failing to get treatment for back injuries can lead to chronic back pain, bad posture, muscle spasms, and in some cases, the increased risk of a pinched nerve.
Back pain treatment can make the recovery process quicker and smoother.
Untreated Brain Trauma
Brain injuries and their effects can range from mild to severe. The signs of a brain injury are not always apparent, and it’s a common misconception that a person must lose consciousness if they had a concussion. Although mild brain injuries, such as a concussion, can heal within a few weeks, if left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to severe problems.
Mood changes, irritability, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and depression may all stem from an untreated brain injury.
Why You Should Always Get Treatment
After any type of accident or injury, your health should be your number one priority, even if you think you’re “fine.” Treatment can help speed up the recovery process and give you the tools needed to make any necessary lifestyle changes that can help you manage any pain or discomfort from these injuries.
Furthermore, Florida personal injury protection insurance requires anyone who has been hurt in an accident to have their injuries documented within 14 days. If you fail to have injuries or treatment documented, you may be unable to obtain up to $10,000 in insurance benefits that can cover your medical expenses.
If you have been hurt, contact a ChiroCare doctor and get started on the treatment you need today.