A great deal of the population drives almost every single day. With four million miles of public roads across the lower 48 states, there’s a lot of asphalt to cover. Unfortunately, these miles and miles of roads lend themselves to car accidents.
If you’ve been in a car accident, Dr. Michael Fontenot, DC of Bryant Medical Group urges you to see a doctor as soon as you can — even if the crash was minor and you don’t feel any pain.
This is because many car accident injuries can take 24 to 48 hours to really set in and start showing symptoms. But once they do show symptoms, you’ll be glad you’re already in a doctor’s care.
How do I know if I’m injured after a minor car accident?
Injuries after a serious car accident are usually obvious and treated as medical emergencies. After a minor car crash, however, such as a fender bender or side-impact collision with minor damage, it can be tough to tell if you need medical attention.
You might be injured from your car accident if:
- You feel stiff and achy in any of your joints
- You have muscle pain that feels like soreness
- Any of your day-to-day activities are limited by nagging pain
- You have a bruise that won’t heal up
- You keep waking up with neck pain
- You have a constant headache
When should I see a doctor?
If any of the above symptoms apply to you, you should see a doctor right away. Our office can evaluate you for whiplash, subluxation, bone fractures, herniated discs, and head trauma.
What treatments can I get after a car accident?
Medical treatment after a car accident varies depending on the type of injury and the severity. Generally, we focus on immediate pain relief and then follow with a long-term treatment plan to restore your health.
To learn more about treatments for car accident injuries, call Bryant Medical Group, at 337-504-5885 or visit us online to request an appointment at our Lafayette office.