When you suffer a personal injury from a car accident, you may not feel pain right away or notice any disability for weeks or months. Chad Mathey, DC, an expert chiropractor at Crown Medical Center in Huntsville, recommends getting an examination as soon after your accident as possible. Acute pain or trauma that you suffered in the accident could turn into chronic pain or disability over time, if not caught and treated early. To get a comprehensive evaluation and treatment recommendations after a car accident, contact Crown Medical Center by phone or use the online form.

Car Accident Q & A

Why should I get evaluated after a car accident?

Even minor car accidents can cause major trauma to your spine, bones, soft tissues, and even your brain. More than 4.5 million people consulted medical professionals for car crash-related injuries in 2017, according to the National Safety Council.

Getting an evaluation, even after a fender bender, helps identify any trauma from your personal injury that you might overlook but that could later cause pain or disability.

What kinds of injuries could I experience in a car accident?

Because your body releases the pain-numbing hormone adrenaline when you’re in a car accident, you might not notice some of your personal injuries at first. Also, while you probably notice obvious trauma such as a wound, bruises, or compound bone fractures, you can’t see and may not be aware of more subtle or hidden injuries, such as:

  • Whiplash (neck injury)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Injuries to internal organs
  • Internal bleeding
  • Nerve damage
  • Spinal injuries
  • Soft-tissue injuries (including tendons and ligaments)
  • Psychological injuries (PTSD)

Dr. Mathey conducts a thorough physical examination and documents all personal injuries with detailed descriptions and a proper diagnosis. He fills out any regular reports you need to properly resolve your claim.

What are signs that I might have a personal injury?

You should pay attention to any new symptoms, pain, stiffness, or confusion you experience after a car accident. Symptoms that could indicate a serious injury include:

  • Blood in your urine or stool
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Balance problems
  • Memory problems
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Depression
  • Nightmares about the accident

Don’t discount or try to “soldier through” symptoms that occur after a car accident. Get medical attention as soon as possible to prevent your symptoms from worsening and to identify underlying injuries that may be causing them.

How does a chiropractor treat motor vehicle accident injuries?

Once Dr. Mathey conducts a thorough examination and orders any necessary studies, he provides diagnosis and designs a customized treatment plan. Therapies he may recommend include:

  • Spinal decompression
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • Massage therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Percussion therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Physical therapy
  • Herbs and supplements

Don’t leave your recovery to chance after a car accident. Book an appointment online or call the friendly Crown Medical Center staff for a personal injury evaluation.