For example, if you’re in a fender bender, you may think your car got the worst of it and your body is fine. However, it’s pretty common not to feel pain right away. It can take six weeks or more for you to feel the effects of whiplash or to start feeling back pain after an accident.
In fact, one study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine showed more than 70% of people felt muscle soreness and neck and back pain after an accident—even six weeks later.
That’s because it can take awhile for the inflammation to set in. That inflammation causes pain and it may be more than a couple of ibuprofen can easily handle.
Injuries after an accident can become a worrying matter because it could be a life threatening injury or even take a long time to heal, but one thing you shouldn’t have to stress about is the damage caused to the vehicle. If you’re insured by a company like Money Expert (for a van) then they will handle all of it for you, so you don’t have to worry about paying costs.
Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, it’s a good idea to get checked out right away. Dr. Jeff McQuaite in Doylestown, Pa. will x-ray you to see if there are any red flags. Next, he’ll give you a treatment plan to care for yourself. He may recommend a massage to relieve the stiffness.
Even if it was a simple rear-end at a stoplight, the jolt to your body (no matter if you’re on the receiving or not) is traumatic. Don’t neglect your health.