Why You Should Always Seek Medical Help After a Car Accident

Why You Should Always Seek Medical Help After a Car Accident

Driving a car is something you probably do just about every day. While cars are a necessary form of transportation, accidents happen at the most unexpected times. Whether an accident is major or just a fender bender, it can cause you significant injuries. If you don’t seek care right away, you could face complications later on.

If you’ve suffered any type of traumatic injury, our team at Mehling Orthopedics has the tools to get you the treatment you need quickly. Leading our team is Dr. Brain Mehling, along with Dr. Pavel Yufit. They're both expert orthopedic specialists who treat injuries from blunt force trauma.

Symptoms may not show up right away

A car accident is a scary experience, whether you suffered an injury or not. Because a crash is so unexpected, getting hurt can really mess with you mentally and physically. Depending on the type of accident you’re in, you could experience injuries that range from a few minor scratches to broken bones or a serious head injury.

But sometimes, underlying injuries are more serious than they seem. Adrenaline kicks in after a car accident, which may mask some of your symptoms initially. That’s why it’s important that you seek a medical evaluation even if you feel fine.

Because of the adrenaline, you might not feel as bad at the time as your injuries truly are. If you have any symptoms right after an accident, it’s especially important that you get medical care right away.

When to seek expert care

Blunt force trauma from a car accident can produce significant injury to your body, even if you look okay from the outside. Internal injuries are difficult to spot right away, but if they go unnoticed, they can be deadly.

Severe soft tissue injuries could lead to internal bleeding, which causes serious health complications if you don’t catch it early. The same goes for a headache after a car accident. Although it might not seem severe, head trauma could lead to a serious concussion or bleeding on your brain, which can be life threatening.

While you should always get checked out after you’ve been involved in a car accident, there are some red flags to be aware of that signal you need help immediately. 

These warning signs include:

These issues aren’t something you want to ignore, because they lead to serious complications. Always proceed on the side of caution and come to Dr. Mehling or Dr. Yufit for any type of orthopedic injury after an accident.

Complications from trauma

Traumatic injuries, no matter what the cause, need to be evaluated as soon as possible after the incident. In some cases, you might not have any symptoms until the next day, due to your body reacting to the trauma.

This is why it’s so important to get checked right after the accident. Like we already mentioned, in the first 24 hours after an accident, you could have significant injuries that are masked by your body’s fight-or-flight response. 

These injuries could include:

Any of these injuries could have life-long complications if treatment isn’t initiated soon after your accident happens. This is why it’s very important that you make an appointment as soon as you’ve been injured, so you can avoid complications in the weeks and months afterward.

If you’ve been in a car accident and need expert care, call one of our offices in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York, to make an appointment with our team.

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