In the aftermath of an auto collision, it's common for people to delay getting treatment. Most people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This approach can be a blunder.
A number of medical studies have found that when a person gets prompt treatment after a crash, they have a better end result than those patients who wait to get treatment.
During a collision, the tissues of your neck can be stretched or damaged. Even the blood vessels that supply your brain can be affected. You may not feel discomfort right away. But as the tissues become swollen and inflamed, people often get up the next day sore and with a stiff neck.
Pain and stiffness are indicators of damage to the ligaments and muscular tissues of your neck. The body's reaction to injury is to restrict movement and to repair the damage by directing white blood cells to the region. Your body will then begin mending the wounded area by laying down scar tissue.
The trouble with scar tissue is that each segment in your neck has a fairly limited range of motion. Scar tissue decreases that mobility even more, and if you don't receive proper treatment, that can result in permanently limited range of motion, long-term pain, and even spinal degeneration of the joints.
Getting prompt treatment will break up this pattern by increasing motion in the injured region and by protecting against the formation of scar tissue.
If you've been in a crash, it's imperative that you see a health care professional without delay to be examined and to start the process of recovery.
If you've been in a car wreck, Dr. Bhasin is here in Aloha/Beaverton, OR to help. We can work to identify the underlying cause of your auto injury and develop a plan of action to help you restore your health. We have helped many patients in Aloha/Beaverton, OR recover from these types of problems since 1990 and we might be able to help you, as well!
Call our office today at (503) 642-2845 for an appointment or for more information.