Risks of Untreated Whiplash and Other Auto Accident Injuries

For those who have been in a recent vehicle accident, the proper treatment in the aftermath of the incident is extremely important. From whiplash to head issues and several other potential injuries, it’s vital to receive proper medical care and future treatment to avoid both long-term and short-term risks.

At Apollo Health, we provide a variety of car accident therapy and pain relief services to those in these situations. We assist with everything from auto accident whiplash to other bodily areas, providing physical therapy and chiropractic care that will limit your long-term pain risks and keep you comfortable.

Sadly, whether due to adrenaline, delayed symptoms or some other reason, many people involved in vehicle accidents do not seek the proper care for their injuries. Here are some of the major risks of foregoing treatment for common car accident injuries.

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Untreated Whiplash Concerns

Whiplash is a curious and often confusing condition, in that in many cases its symptoms are not immediately visible. It’s not uncommon for people to be in a vehicle accident, then not experience whiplash for hours or even days afterward, often due to their adrenaline spiking during the accident and remaining high for a significant period of time.

Even if you experience symptoms like neck pain, headaches and other related concerns that don’t come until hours or days after the accident, seeking treatment is still very important. Untreated whiplash can lead to chronic pain, constant headaches and even damage to the inner muscles of the neck, which can be permanent in severe cases. Massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments, however, help strengthen the area and allow the muscles to recover before these long-term effects take place.

Untreated Back Injuries

Back injuries are also relatively common in car accidents, and one of the only ways to get a true idea of how your spine has been impacted is to get a proper examination and diagnosis from a doctor or chiropractor. Untreated back injuries often lead to chronic back pain, and many have also suffered from poor posture that often becomes a permanent concern and eventually causes muscle spasms, pinched nerve risks and other forms of extreme pain.

Untreated Brain Trauma

While this is often an area that should be handled primarily at a hospital, it’s significant enough that it deserves mention here as well. Issues like concussions and other potential brain issues also may have delayed symptoms, but it’s vital they be identified and treated, as they can lead to insomnia, permanent memory damage and long-term mood changes in those who do not seek treatment. Some severe cases have even led to major depression diagnoses later in life.

For more on the value of immediate treatment following a car accident, plus continued chiropractic care and physical therapy to prevent long-term issues, speak to the staff at Apollo Health today.