Why You Should Always See a Doctor After a Car Crash

You’ve just been in a car accident. You’re shaken up, disoriented, maybe even a little fearful of legal repercussions. However, you don’t think anything is wrong with your body. You may even be thinking of skipping a trip to the doctor’s office. This would be a huge mistake.

You should always go see a doctor after a car crash. Dr. Daniel Fox and the rest of our team at The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, P.A., want to ensure that you won’t experience any serious issues from the car accident, some of which might not manifest until later. Let us offer you a quick checkup that can dispel any fears and uncover any hidden injuries so you can recover as safely as possible.

The after-accident checklist

Many businesses and organizations, such as Girls Health, recommend a checklist you should use after a car accident or crash. This checklist may include actions like: 

However, these checklists often only recommend going to the doctor “if you have any injuries.” This is not an effective way to ensure your health and safety after an accident — here’s why.

Why you should always see a doctor after a car crash

Not every side effect of a car accident shows up immediately after the accident. You could start to experience pain days or even weeks after the accident, which may be associated with a problem that could have been diagnosed right after the accident. Doctors know what to look for when it comes to treating someone who has just been in a car crash, and even if you do not have specific symptoms, they’ll know what to check in order to ensure everything is alright. 

Furthermore, you may be in shock after the accident. This could include both medical and nonmedical shock, both of which could mean you won’t experience pain until after the fact. 

Finally, you should also be aware of any possible side effects of the crash for legal reasons. If you have experienced some sort of injury, it may be hard for you to prove it if you don’t see the doctor until much later.

What to expect from an after-the-crash medical exam

Our team examines your general health by testing your blood pressure, temperature, and other vital signs. They also examine areas such as your shoulders, neck, and back, looking for signs of whiplash, herniated discs, and other common injuries. Finally, we want to be sure you have not had any head injuries, so we ask you questions to determine whether you’ve suffered a concussion. If further tests are needed based on our analysis, we discuss that with you as necessary.

Did you experience a car accident?

If so, seeing a doctor right away is paramount to your safe recovery. Call 732-242-7827 to set up an appointment at our Toms River, New Jersey, clinic. You can also book an appointment online at your earliest convenience. 

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