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Why You Should Always See a Doctor After an Auto Accident

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Why You Should Always See a Doctor After an Auto Accident

Every year in the United States, millions of people seek emergency care for motor vehicle accident injuries, getting the treatment they need to relieve pain and heal and recover. But what if your accident isn’t “that” serious? Should you still see a doctor? The answer is a resounding yes.

At Kerinver Chiropractic in Kissimmee and Orlando, Florida, Josue Maysonet, DC, and his team provide comprehensive care and treatment for patients involved in motor vehicle accidents, promoting faster and more complete healing while relieving chronic discomfort. In this post, learn why you should seek medical care after any car accident — even a seemingly minor one.

Auto accident basics

Like other accidents, auto accidents can cause very obvious injuries. For instance, if you have a broken bone, the need for medical attention is obvious. But because of how auto accidents occur, they can also cause injuries that don’t show up right away, along with injuries that can have a long-term impact on your health and wellness.

That’s because auto accidents often involve jolts or impacts that affect your soft tissues or nerves. These injuries may not show physical symptoms, like bruises or cuts, because the damage occurs in deeper layers of tissue.

What’s more, many of these injuries involve inflammation and swelling. Over time, inflammation can press on nerves or cause problems with your joints — issues that don’t always show up right away but can have a long-term or lifelong impact.

Why prompt medical care is essential

One of the most important reasons to seek medical care following a motor vehicle accident is to “uncover” those injuries that can cause delayed symptoms or worsen over time. Many chronic problems, like whiplash or nerve issues, can take weeks or even months to show up, and when they do, they can cause pain for years to come. 

Some nerve and soft tissue injuries may eventually become major disabilities that can interfere with mobility and other aspects of your life. Having a medical exam helps diagnose those injuries so we can map out a plan of treatment focused on early intervention. 

Unfortunately, treating auto accidents can also cost money, especially if you have a chronic or recurring problem. Early treatment saves money and also provides a detailed medical record for insurance providers, helping you get the compensation you need to avoid financial hardship. Delaying care may work against you in this instance.

And finally, having a medical evaluation right away provides you and your loved ones peace of mind. Knowing whether or not you need medical care avoids the anxiety that comes from wondering if you could prevent aches and pains with a little extra attention to your health and wellness.

Care focused on your health and wellness

Auto accident injuries can be traumatic in many ways, and when you can walk away from an accident, it’s tempting to put it out of your mind. But if you delay seeking medical care, you could be left with chronic or worsening medical issues with no way to claim compensation. A prompt exam is the best way to protect yourself, your health, and your future.

If you’ve had an auto accident, don’t delay seeking care. Request an appointment online or over the phone with the team at Kerinver Chiropractic today.