After an auto collision, it's typical for people to hold off on getting treatment. The vast majority of people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This mindset can be a mistake.
A variety of clinical studies have found that when a person gets prompt treatment after a wreck, they have a better end result than those people who wait to get help.
During a collision, the tissues of your neck can be stretched or torn. You may not feel discomfort right away. But as the tissues become irritated and inflamed, people often get up the next day tender and with a stiff neck.
Pain and tightness are signs of trauma to the ligaments and muscular tissues of your spine. The human body's reaction to injury is to limit motion and to repair the damage by sending white blood cells to the region. Your body will then start repairing the wounded area by laying down scar tissue.
The problem with scar tissue is that each joint in your spine 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 restricted range of motion, long-term pain, and even spinal degeneration of the joints.
Getting prompt treatment will break up this pattern by enhancing mobility in the damaged region and by preventing the development of scar tissue.
If you've been in a crash, it's critical that you contact a health care provider without delay to be checked out and to begin the process of recovery.
If you have been in a crash, Dr. Liveriadis is here in Oakleigh, VIC to help. We can work to establish the root cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan to help you restore your health. We have helped many people in Oakleigh, VIC improve from these sorts of injuries since 1987 and we might be able to help you, too!
Call our office today at (03) 9579 2699 for a consultation or for more information.