Soft-tissue injuries take time to appear: Get medical help

You found yourself hit from behind on a day that was already bad. You were stressed, but the added stress of getting hit by a car made you want to immediately go home, take a shower and get some rest. You opted out of going to the hospital, thinking that your headache and fatigue was a sign of you working yourself too hard, not a result of the crash.

The next day, after the adrenaline wore off, you realized how wrong you were. You are sore everywhere, have dark bruises in places you didn't think were hurt and still have a throbbing headache.

It's not too late to go to the hospital, and that's what you need to do as soon as possible. It's common knowledge that some soft-tissue injuries take time to appear after a crash. The combination of a drop in adrenaline and time allow for bruises, pain and other symptoms to return after a delay.

What are soft-tissue injuries?

Soft-tissue injuries are injuries such as bruises, sprains and strains. They happen as a result of torsion, impacts and other causes. They typically result in pain, swelling and other symptoms, but they may not appear immediately. Depending on how upset you are by the crash, your body may pump adrenaline through your veins, putting you in fight-or-flight mode. In that condition, your body is designed to ignore pain and to keep moving, but that doesn't allow you to know that something's wrong.

Since the body reacts in that way, it's always a good idea to go to the hospital after a crash. Delayed symptoms are sometimes signs or more serious problems that could have been identified sooner. Remember that seeking medical help as soon as possible can help you get a diagnosis, so you can get the right medical treatment.

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