Here are a some easy questions to ask after a car crash, whether you were able to walk away or had an ambulance ride to the emergency room. When asking these questions think about normal everyday activities that may be more difficult than usual.
- Is there pain or stiffness when I try to turn my neck?
- Are my shoulders, arms or wrists sore and hurting beyond my normal everyday aches and pains?
- Do I have pain where the seatbelt restrained me?
- Did I receive impact to my body when the airbag deployed?
- Was I looking the opposite direction when the car I was in received impact?
- Can I bend forward and back without stiffness or pain?
- Do I have pain or discomfort in other areas that normally don’t bother me?
- Did I feel my head fly forward and back or side to side during the collision?
- Was I released from the emergency room with pain killers and/or muscle relaxers? a neck support?
- Did the staff in the emergency room take X-rays, MRI’s or CT Scans?
- It’s been a couple of weeks and I still don’t feel like myself, is this normal?
- Am I having difficulty concentrating or performing my regular everyday tasks or work since the accident?
- It’s been a couple of weeks and I do not feel like I can function without pain medications, what should I do now?
If any of these questions applied to you during your self-evaluation, then it is likely that you have soft tissue injuries or other conditions that should be evaluated and treated by a licensed professional.
If you have any other questions or concerns about what happens to your body when you are in a car crash, please come in for a complimentary consult. As Spine and Joint specialists, we are able to assess your overall biomechanics and how your muscles, ligaments, spine and extremities have been affected. We offer a comprehensive approach to recovery by coordinating medical and rehabilitative protocols for your injuries.
Just a reminder, this information does not constitute a professional relationship between a patient and provider and is not a substitute for actual assessment by a provider. If you are in pain, then please seek help right away.