What Should I Do For a Sore Neck or Back After a Car Accident?
If you have been injured in an Austin Car Accident and are beginning to experience soreness in your neck, back, or elsewhere, you need to take action right away to manage the pain and begin your road to recovery. The first thing you should do is call a medical professional. If you have a family doctor or a primary care physician (“PCP”), that is a great place to start. Call your PCP or family doctor and get the first available appointment.
If you are unable to be seen by your PCP or family doctor right away, try the “RICE” method of self-care. RICE stands for:
- Rest-rest and protect the injured area. If you experience more pain with certain activities, stop doing those activities until you can be seen by a medical professional;
- Ice-Ice helps reduce pain and swelling. Try applying an ice pack to the injured area as soon as possible. Apply the ice pack to the area for 10-20 minutes at least three times a day. Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Use a towel over the ice pack when applying it to the skin.
- Compression-Wrapping the injured area with an elastic bandage such as an ACE wrap will help decrease swelling. Don’t wrap it too tightly. If you start to feel numbness or tingling, it is too tight.
- Elevation-Elevate the injured area on pillows while applying ice and any other time you are lying or sitting down.
Remember, attention from a medical professional is always the best course of action to take when you are injured in a car wreck. Do not take chances with your health. You should immediately seek the attention of a qualified medical professional, either a PCP, family doctor, an emergency room, a chiropractor, or a physical therapist.
It is never too late to seek medical attention after a car accident, but it is better to seek medical attention right away. Your health is too important to put at risk.
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