Why You Should See a Doctor After a Car Crash Even if You Don’t Feel Pain

More than 6 million car accidents happen every year in the United States, ranging from routine fender benders to deadly crashes. Whatever kind you’ve been in, car accidents shouldn’t be taken lightly. Even if you feel fine after a crash, pain may build over the next few days and can even leave permanent damage.

The pain management experts here at Blue Ridge Pain Management Associates, with locations in Salem, Christiansburg, and Roanoke, Virginia, urge you to see your primary care physician first, and then come in for a medical exam if you’ve been in a car accident. That way, we can help you achieve pain relief and prevent long-term complications.

Get an exam now

Automobile accidents happen in an instant but can leave a lifetime of pain. When a collision happens, your car is brought to a stop but your body is still in motion. 

A victim of a car crash doesn’t always immediately feel pain. Overwhelmed by stress and a lot of questions, many people involved in a crash may not believe they need medical attention at first. But over the coming days, they’re struck with elevating pain. 

Dr. Anthony L. Dragovich and the expert staff at Blue Ridge Pain Management suggest getting a medical exam performed by your primary care physician first as soon as possible after a crash. If any part of your body struck any part of your car, chances are you have some sort of injury. 

Hidden injuries 

Adrenaline levels tend to peak after a car crash and can minimize your reception to pain. Plus, it can fog your other senses, causing you to overlook an injury. Common injuries from a car crash that often go undetected until you get a medical exam include:

Contacting your primary care physician for an exam can help identify hidden injuries and prevent them from getting worse. 

Emotional trauma

Even if no physical injuries are present after a car crash, an emotional injury may persist. Sometimes, this can bring you more hardships than a physical injury. For example, many people who’ve been in serious car accidents develop phobias about driving, or even riding in, a car. In some cases, they become hermits and avoid leaving the house altogether.

It’s important to get help immediately if a phobia, or any other emotional issue, develops after a car crash. Experienced psychologists have comprehensive tools that can help you overcome your fears and allow you to be comfortable in a car again. Putting off treatment can allow phobias to worsen and even become permanent. 

At Blue Ridge Pain Management Associates, we recognize that not all pain is physical, and we can discuss holistic therapies with you as part of our commitment to your overall wellness.

Save money 

It’s in your best interest to get a medical exam and treatment immediately following an accident. Not only does it prevent the physical problems from worsening, but it also can save you money in the long run. Don’t make it easier for an insurance company to deny your claim. 

When you begin treatment shortly after your accident, it draws a strong link between the accident and your injuries, increasing the likelihood that your insurance provider covers the costs.

If you’ve been in a car accident, take care of your health — and maybe your finances — by contacting the office nearest you today to schedule a medical exam.

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