Even if you walk away from a car accident feeling fine, it doesn’t mean you’re free of an auto injury because some common injuries have delayed symptoms. The compassionate team at Advanced Medical Centers in Jacksonville, Florida, offers comprehensive care for auto injuries. They can help relieve your pain, treat obvious injuries, and detect signs of problems that may not cause symptoms for days. To schedule an appointment, call one of the Jacksonville offices or use the online booking feature.
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Auto Injuries Q & A
What auto injuries occur most frequently?
Your head and neck are especially vulnerable during an auto accident, but any part of your body may be injured, depending on factors such as the type of accident and if you were wearing a seatbelt.
These are a few of the most common auto injuries:
Lower extremity fractures
You may develop generalized pain following an auto accident. Widespread body pain without an obvious injury still needs medical attention to rule out soft tissue damage and to prevent it from turning into chronic pain.
What should I know about delayed symptoms following an auto injury?
You may have immediate and obvious auto injury symptoms. Some types of injuries, however, may not cause symptoms for hours or days after your accident. The following three conditions often have delayed symptoms:
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when a blow to your head makes your brain bounce against your skull. Concussion symptoms include headache, memory loss, confusion, dizziness, blurry vision, and loss of balance.
Whiplash occurs when your neck is forced into a rapid back-and-forth movement, potentially damaging muscles, ligaments, nerves, discs, and vertebrae. The symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, shoulder pain, limited neck motion, headache, dizziness, and tingling or pain radiating down your arm.
Lower back pain
Developing lower back pain hours or days after an accident may signal several problems such as a herniated disc, ligament sprain, slipped disc, or another vertebral injury.
Why should I seek immediate medical care for auto injuries?
The most important reason to schedule an examination after a car accident is to get pain relief and immediate care for your injuries. A thorough physical exam also gives the team at Advanced Medical Centers the ability to detect problems associated with delayed symptoms and take proactive steps to prevent further damage.
You should also get a prompt examination to document your injuries, which you need when you file an insurance claim and if you pursue a lawsuit. The longer you wait to get an evaluation, the more difficult it is to prove that your auto injury was directly caused by the accident.
At Advanced Medical Centers, you receive comprehensive treatment for auto injuries, ranging from regenerative medicine and chiropractic care to physical therapy, hydrotherapy, and therapeutic ultrasound. You can also get a neurology evaluation on-site if needed.
If you’re in an auto accident and need comprehensive care, call Advanced Medical Centers or schedule an appointment online.