When You Should Seek Medical Care After an Auto Accident

Thanks to factors like hectic schedules, congested roadways, and distracted driving, auto accidents have become a major public health concern. And while over 4 million people are injured seriously enough after a car accident to need medical care each year, according to recent statistics, not everyone seeks it soon enough. 

Our team of specialists at Michigan Neurology Associates can help you manage the effects of your accident as well as your auto accident claims for insurance compensation

Common auto accident injuries

Car accident injuries vary quite a bit in type and severity. Some of the most common injuries include:

Signs you need immediate medical care

In some instances, the need for prompt medical care is pretty obvious. If you have a bone fracture, areas of paralysis, severe pain or swelling, or mental confusion, for example, there’s little question that you’ll benefit from emergency care. Other signs you should get treated straight away include:

These indications are important to keep in mind, considering that some injuries cause no obvious symptoms early on. You might also be experiencing some amount of shock or an adrenal surge, which can keep you from noticing pain. 

Less urgent medical care

If you haven’t experienced an obvious trauma or injury that requires immediate medical care, you should still seek guidance from your doctor. At Michigan Neurology Associates, we recommend getting evaluated as soon as possible after an accident, in case you have a serious injury that’s been masked by adrenaline. 

In addition, getting treatment for seemingly minor injuries can help prevent them from worsening and requiring even more care later. 

Treatment after a car accident

During your initial examination after your car accident, we review your injury or injuries, your symptoms, and your medical history. We then conduct a physical exam and, if needed, recommend a diagnostic imaging test, such as a CT scan, X-ray, or MRI. Because we’re a full-service practice with in-house imaging options, you get your results quickly.

Depending on the type and severity of your injury or injuries, your treatment plan may include:

To learn more about auto accident injury treatment or compensation management, call us at Michigan Neurology Associates. We have offices in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Utica, Michigan.

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