Following a car wreck, it's typical for people to delay getting treatment. A lot of people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This approach can be a mistake.
A variety of scientific studies show that when a patient gets prompt treatment after a crash, they have a better end result than those patients who wait to get care.
During a crash, the tissues of your neck can be stretched or torn. You might not feel pain right away. But as the tissues become irritated and inflamed, patients often wake up the next day sore and with a stiff neck.
Soreness and stiffness are indicators of damage to the ligaments and muscular tissues of your neck. The body's response to injury is to limit motion and to heal the damage by directing white blood cells to the region. Your body will then start mending the damaged area by laying down scar tissue.
The trouble with scar tissue is that each joint in your neck has a comparatively restricted range of motion. Scar tissue decreases that motion even more, and if you don't receive proper treatment, that can result in permanently restricted range of motion, chronic pain, and even spinal degeneration of the joints.
Receiving early treatment will break up this pattern by increasing movement in the injured area and by protecting against the formation of scar tissue.
If you've been in a crash, it's critical that you contact a health care professional without delay to be examined and to start the healing process.
If you have been in a car wreck, Dr. Adkins is here in West Seattle, WA to help. We can work to identify the underlying cause of your problem and develop a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We've been helping many people improve from these types of injuries since 1994 and we may be able to help you, too!
Call our office today at (206) 258-4886 for a consultation or for more information.