Rear-end collisions have been known to cause chronic pain regardless of whether you were hit from the back, or you were in the car that hit someone in front. Chronic pain after a car accident can be can be very serious and, oftentimes, it won’t just go away on its own. If you find that after a car accident you are feeling sore, experiencing muscle aches, having trouble sleeping, experiencing reduced flexibility/range of movement, or are periodically feeling a strange pain, you may want to contact a pain doctor who specializes in pain after a rear-end collision.
Common Types of Pain Following Rear-End Collisions
- Neck Injuries – Neck injuries are common in all types of car accidents. However, rear-end collisions are especially prone to causing whiplash. Whiplash is really a category of neck injuries which encompasses neck injuries caused by a sudden and forceful jolt to your neck. Typically, this happens when your head is thrown back and forth in a car accident.
- Head Injuries – Head injuries vary depending on the specific circumstances of the accident. They may include injuries to the top or side of your head or injuries to the face.
- Seatbelt Injuries – Seatbelts save lives and you should always wear one. That being said, sometimes a rear-end collision could cause injuries to the chest area due to the seatbelt holding your body back during the accident.
Common Symptoms of Pain After an Accident
- Intermittent Pain – Depending on the type of injury, the pain you experience after a rear-end collision may be intermittent. This does not necessarily mean it’s less serious than constant pain and you should still see a doctor.
- Reduced Flexibility/Soreness – You may find that after experiencing an injury in a car accident, you are sore and suffer from reduced flexibility. Moving your head, bending down to touch your toes, and even just standing up, may cause you to experience pain.
- Delayed Symptoms – It’s common for injuries from car accidents to not start showing symptoms until well after the accident has occurred. In some cases, it may take anywhere from 24-48 hours to start feeling pain.
If you are experiencing chronic pain after a rear-end collision, contact Garden State Pain Control today. We are experienced New Jersey pain doctors who specialize in pain caused by car accidents.