You may be asking yourself how long will I be sore after a car wreck. You may be sore right away or not feel any soreness at all, until a couple days after the car accident.Auto accidents can cause severe to slight injuries. How long you are sore after a car wreck depends on many factors.
The type of injury you sustained has a lot to do with how long you will be sore after you car wreck. You may have suffered broken bones or have soft tissue injuries. No matter what injury you have suffered, you need to seek medical attention ASAP after you have been involved in an auto accident.
Soreness areas after an auto accident (soft tissue)
- Arm Pain
- Back Pain
- Contusions (bruising)
- Leg Pain
- Muscle Weakness
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
Injuries that are a direct result of a car accident have an impact of how sore you will be and how long it will last. Proper medical care can prevent soreness and pain
If you have been driving for quite some time and not experienced a car wreck, you are lucky. However, there is a probable chance to be in one at any point in time, so it’s better to be aware of the medical attention needed after you have been injured in a car wreck.
Injuries suffered in car wrecks
A car wreck leads to different kinds of impact on the body. If you are lucky (i.e. if you were wearing a seat belt and your car had an air bag) these injuries are not to severe. However, any injury requires immediate medical attention. Injuries relating to an accident are two types:
Soft tissue injuries
This is when the car wreck has caused an injury to the weaker areas of the body such as the tendons, muscles and the ligaments. These injuries can be in the form of sprains, bruises or strains. An injury to the soft tissues results in soreness and stiffness which cause great pain. Soft tissue injury occurs mostly during auto accidents, but can occur with other activities such as sports, aircraft accidents, etc.
The more severe the collision, the greater the force felt and higher the chances of a soft tissue injury to the victims.
The soreness following the soft tissue injury depends on the impact of the accident. Ice packs, pain killers, and muscle relaxers can help you function, but they will not heal anything. Physical Therapy from a PT or Chiropractor can be utilized to help with the soreness. It is always advised to seek medical attention to rule out fractures and internal bleeding.
A very common type of damage that occurs during an accident is that of a whiplash. This is an injury that affects the neck and the head due to the sudden back and forth movement of the neck as a result of the car accident. The whiplash injury results in soreness of the neck, sharp pain in the neck, and discomfort in the back. In the case of a whiplash, the pain and soreness may not be felt immediately but also emerges regularly in the next few days following the accident.
The soreness of the neck may seem very minor, but if not treated properly it can result in an even more issues further down the road. If ignored the victim may experience extreme discomfort to the point that regular movement may be affected.
How sore you will be after you have broken a bone in a car wreck may depend on what you broke. Broken bones may require surgery to set. Pins or rods may be used to set a broken bone. How long you will be sore after a broken bone depends on what bone you broke and how long it takes to heal.
Common broken bones in car accidents
A broken Tibia will require surgery to fix and you will be sore for quite some time. If you suffered a broken rib, you may find yourself sleeping in a recliner. Broken ribs may stay sore for 4-6 weeks. Unless your rib punctured soft tissue, there is not a lot a doctor can do for a broken rib other than to tell you it is broken. Broken bones can initially be very painful. You may be sore for quite some time during the healing process.
Factors upon how sore you will be
The intensity of the soreness and the pain experienced depends upon the following factors:
- The speed of the vehicle
- The size of the vehicle
- The use of seat belts
- Airbag Deployment
- Where the car was hit.
After the accident medical care
A car wreck many only last for seconds, but you may be sore for quite some time afterwards. Broken bones and soft tissue injuries can range dramatically. A medical evaluation is essential after a car wreck to determine the extent of your injuries and the follow up care you will need.
70% of people involved in a car wreck that saw a doctor experience pain and are sore for up to six weeks after the car accident; for those that did not receive medical attention those numbers are much higher.
When you see a doctor right after a car wreck, he is going to check a number of things. They may do XRAYS, MRI, or a CT. These imaging services can tell the doctor if he is dealing with a broken bone or soft tissue injuries. An accident doctor is going to recommend a treatment plan that will help you from staying sore and reduce your pain.
It’s important to follow the doctor’s advice and stay on your treatment plan. In some cases the patient will quit going to the doctor. If you have a personal injury case, this could be detrimental to it. Before quitting your treatment plan it’s important to talk to your doctor or attorney and explain why you want to quit.
How long you will be sore after an auto accident depends on the injuries you sustained in the car wreck. Your soreness level will depend on if you see a doctor. If you never see a doctor after a car wreck, there is no doubt you will be sore longer than someone who did visit a doctor and receive treatment for their e injuries