When you're in a car accident, one of the top priorities is to assess if you're hurt. Perhaps paramedics will tend to you on the scene, or maybe you'll need to visit the hospital emergency room or a local urgent care center. In the event of a minor car accident, however, you may not notice any injuries and may simply get on with your life. This, however, doesn't mean that you weren't banged up a little, and some symptoms from the accident could appear before long. In many cases, a car accident can jostle your body enough to put it out of alignment. When this occurs, seeking help from a local chiropractor is your best bet. Here are some signs that should prompt you to seek chiropractic care.
Aches That Won't Go Away
It's common to sustain some bruises in a car accident, but they'll typically go away on their own after a little while. If you notice a bruise-like pain that lingers, however, it could be a warning sign of something more serious. If one of your body's joints was pushed out of alignment in the impact, it could be exerting pressure on a muscle group and causing pain. You should generally have an idea of how quickly your body heals bruises; if this one stays longer than anticipated, it may be time to see the chiropractor.
Trouble Sleeping Soundly
You might not notice any overt symptoms of your car accident, but eventually realize that you're not sleeping as well as you used to before the accident. This issue could arise because your body has been knocked out of alignment, resulting in discomfort when you lie down that causes you to toss and turn throughout the night. For example, if your back feels OK during the day, but bothers you when you lie down, it's possible that the impact of the collision put your back out of alignment.
Sometimes, you'll feel an unpleasant pins and needles feeling in various parts of your body — perhaps even several days or weeks after your car accident. Tingling feelings are often indicative of problems with your nerves. The car accident could have pushed a joint out of alignment so that it's now putting pressure on the nerves in the area — and giving you the feeling of pins and needles. By adjusting the joint, the chiropractor will alleviate the pressure on the nerve and eliminate this feeling for you.