If you we’re involved in a car accident, there’s a very good possibility you felt pain immediately and were taken to the emergency room by ambulance. If you didn’t feel pain right away, you may not have felt the need to seek medical care.  However, a few days go by and out of nowhere you wake up with pain. Why didn’t the pain come on right after the accident?

During a traumatic event like a car accident, your adrenal glands secrete a substance called adrenaline which acts as a natural pain blocker. Once the adrenaline effect wears off you might have felt pain, stiffness, or a tingling sensation.  The pain can be caused by damage to one or more of the following: nerves, intervertebral discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons, or vertebrae.

If your pain didn’t show up for a few days or weeks after your accident, that is very common. This is due to the body adjusting to the trauma.  

It’s always advisable to get a thorough examination from a medical professional after you suffer from a personal injury, such as a car accident. A medical doctor or nurse practitioner with experience treating trauma related injury is your best bet.  They can design a treatment program that can help treat the swelling, pain, and muscle spasms that typically appear after a car accident.

If you were injured and have questions about any aspect of medical care following the accident call us at 844-CAR ACCIDENT (1-844-227-2224). We’re here for you 7 days a week.