Protecting Your Health after a Motor Vehicle Accident
When you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, particularly when it seems obvious that the injuries are not catastrophic or life-threatening, there can be a tendency to downplay the consequences. Experts say that some of that is psychological—you are thankful that you weren’t seriously injured (or maybe that you’re still alive), and your brain looks for ways to minimize the injuries you suffered. But it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible after an automobile wreck, even if it was a minor fender bender. Here are some of the reasons why.
Your Body’s Natural Response May Mask Your Real Injuries
Your body’s natural response to trauma is a burst of adrenaline. It’s a biological tool, part of your innate survival mechanism. Unfortunately, that adrenalin can completely block out any pain or discomfort. That can be dangerous, because pain is your body’s way of telling you that you need medical treatment. Medical science is nearly unanimous in its belief that the sooner you treat any injury, the more options you have and the better potential outcome you can expect. Adrenaline may mask the pain or loss of motion, unnecessarily making your condition worse.
Delaying Treatment Can Put You at Risk of Other Injuries
To some degree, every part of your body is part of the whole. An untreated injury to one part of your body—a twisted knee, for example—can cause problems elsewhere. You may change your gait ever so slightly, and be surprised that you have inflammation or tenderness in your other foot, in your hip or in your back. In addition, untreated injuries can affect your reactions and capability to respond to dangerous situations. You may be more susceptible to falls because of balance or other issues. With immediate medical treatment, you’ll be better equipped to minimize additional trauma.
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