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When Does the Pain Begin After an Auto Accident?

After being involved in an auto accident, there is a misconception that any pain caused by the collision should occur right after the incident.

While this belief applies to broken bones or lacerations caused by the crash, you can suffer pain from soft tissue injuries days, or perhaps weeks, afterward. Soft tissue includes structures as muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia.

The timelines for soft tissue injuries fall into one of three categories:

  • Pain within one to two hours after the collision, often once the adrenaline rush has subsided
  • Pain within 24 to 48 hours
  • Pain and headache, one to two weeks after the crash occurs

The most frequent injury resulting from auto accidents are sprains and strains. Sprains occur when the ligaments are tearing, while strains happen when muscles are tearing. Many patients who suffer a sprain or strain are treated initially by their primary care physician and prescribed medication. On average, these injuries typically heal within six to eight weeks.

Another injury that often occurs after motor vehicle accidents are tension headaches that derive from the neck as a result of inflammation to the upper region. Pain from these headaches can be dull, achy or throbbing.

The following are the common neurological side effects from an auto accident:

  • Dizziness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Numbness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feel in a “fog”
  • Light-headedness
  • Headaches

At QualCare Rehabilitation, we offer chiropractic services to alleviate pain derived from whiplash, sprains, strains, and headaches. We understand how to decrease the pain at an early stage, making you capable of going back to work and participating in normal activities.

If you have been injured in an auto accident and require rehabilitative therapy, contact us and schedule an appointment with our Houston car accident doctor today.