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Many individuals are involved in automobile accidents or sustain work injuries and are unaware of the far reaching aspects that may follow as the result of the accident. Often times when individuals are involved in automobile accidents, they do not experience symptoms at the time of the accident. Symptom delay is typically due to a few reasons, namely:
When symptom delay is apparent, often times patients minimize the seriousness of injuries and do not get examined by a health professional in a timely manner. A common misnomer is that a small “fender bender” cannot produce any significant injury. We know this not to be true since often times bumpers can line up at the time of the impact and our body will often absorb the shock of the impact.
In some cases where soft tissue trauma is involved, such as a neck injury, undetected problems may result in ongoing and even permanent conditions. Some of the more common problems along these lines are as follows:
If you were or are involved in an automobile accident or any accident involving soft tissue compromise be sure to be evaluated in a timely fashion. There is no replacement for prevention!