Why Does Pain Worsen Days After an Auto Accident?

Delayed Soreness after an Accident

Most people who are involved in a trauma of any type, especially car accident patients, notice that as the first few days after the accident pass, they become more and more in pain. Initially people think they’ll get better in a couple of days only to discover they are worse!  How does this happen?

2 Reasons Why The Pain Increases

  1. Adrenaline. When in an accident of any kind, your body protects you by producing adrenaline to help you through the moments surrounding the accident. This also has the effect of suppressing pain. You are so amped up on this adrenaline you’re really not aware of the full extent of your injuries. This can take 2-3 days before adrenaline levels return to normal.
  2. Inflammation. Muscles, tendons, ligaments and injured tissues take time to swell or inflame. I often tell patients that 50% of their pain comes from inflammation. We implement anti-inflammatory protocols then immediately the pain will start to go away. Usually, maximum swelling, in most injuries, occurs by the third day. While these structures swell slowly (tendons and ligaments) they also take time to completely return to normal. So, be patient.

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