Car accidents can be terrifying, stressful, and sometimes painful events in our lives. Some accidents are more severe and medical care is provided on site. Other times, both parties report that they feel fine, swap their insurance information, and go home. In these cases, it is important to be aware of the possibility that side effects from the car accident may present themselves hours or even days after the car accident occurred.
It is important to watch for delayed side effects after a car accident because your auto insurance will only accept medical claims within 14 days of your accident. It is important to see a doctor right away if you begin to notice delayed side effects after your accident. Depending on your symptom, your doctor may recommend you see a chiropractor, although you can choose to see one without a referral from your primary car physician.
Common delayed side effects to watch for:
- Headaches or Migraines
- Neck Pain or Stiffness
- Back Pain
- Tingling or Prickling Sensation in Extremities
- Loss of Physical Functionality
- Loss of Range of Movement
- Abdominal Swelling
- Change in Emotional Reactions
- Personality Changes
Although not all of these delayed side effects will see improvements after undergoing care from an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, many do. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is beneficial for individuals with more than just neck or back pain. By looking for and removing a misalignment in the Atlas or Axis (top to vertebrae in the spine), upper cervical can help to reduce the severity, reduce the frequency, or all together stop delayed symptoms after a car accident. Even those with personality changes and loss of physical functionality have seen improvements in their symptoms after receiving upper cervical adjustments. This is because when the spine is aligned, your central nervous system is in harmony and better able to heal the body and perform at optimal function.