If you have been involved in an accident and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please contact our offices at 818.937.9950 or make an appointment online.
Auto Accidents / Personal Injury
After an accident, patients may promptly be referred for radiography in order to rule out general bone pathology, and to identify possible fractures. Often times, pain from an injury may have a delayed onset, becoming apparent anywhere from a few hours to a few days after an injury. One of the theoretic reasons for this phenomenon is the release of Epinephrine (adrenalin), endorphins, and enkephalins during an incident. When the levels start to drop is when the injury starts to become apparent. Common injuries that may present themselves in this way include Soft tissue Injuries, Concussions, and Emotional Distress.
Soft tissue injuries are a grouped together to include muscles, ligaments, tendons, and intervertebral discs. Injury to any one of these structures may be classified as a soft tissue injury. Sudden and impulsive stretching of the structures may be a mechanism of injury. Injuries of this nature have a common characteristic of delayed onset.
Whiplash is a colloquial term for soft tissue injuries that occur along the neck area. Pain is the classic symptom, and it may be accompanied by the following:
Soft tissue injuries are not always immediately determinable, and are best identified and diagnosed with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), or Computed Tomography (CT scan).
Another common injury that may have a delayed onset is a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury where the brain strikes the inside of the skull. The mechanism of injury can include an impact involving the skull, as well as a sudden acceleration-deceleration motion of the head and neck. Concussions may or may not involve loss of consciousness.
Common symptoms include:
Emotional distress and psychological damage can be very difficult to spot and diagnose after an accident. The most common form of emotional distress after an accident is post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can be described as misplaced situational anxiety following a traumatic event. Under the umbrella of PTSD fall depression, anxiety, and disruptions of normal personality. Symptoms of PTSD can take up to several months to arise after an incident.
Since it is not uncommon for accident victims to leave the scene of the accident feeling that they were uninjured, and wake up the next day or two later with pain, it is recommended that you contact California Spinecare Institute, and schedule an evaluation promptly. If an injury is diagnosed by your chiropractor, make sure you keep your appointments and scheduled treatments. Insurance adjusters will argue that you must be well or feeling fine if you do not follow your treatment plan.