Motor Vehicle Accident Specialist

Maine Rehabilitative Health

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialists & Osteopathic Medicine located in Scarborough, ME

A car accident can seemingly come out of nowhere and leave you struggling to recover for weeks or months. You can bounce back from some common car accident injuries on your own, while others will require medical attention, but no matter what, you should see a doctor after an accident. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, after acute care, call Vincent Herzog, DO, at Maine Rehabilitative Healthcare in Scarborough, Maine, or set up your visit online.

Motor Vehicle Accident Q & A

What are the major injuries caused by car accidents?

Car accidents are extremely common, and they often cause at least one injury. Some of the typical problems you may face after an automobile accident are:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Musculoskeletal injuries, sprains, and strains

Because no two car accidents are the same, injuries that come from them may not fit neatly into one category. Or you may experience several problems at once.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is any neck injury caused by a forceful back-and-forth movement similar to the cracking of a whip. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries you can get from a car crash, even a minor one, because the rapid deceleration or quick stop can jerk you forward in your seat.

Immediately after an accident you may feel the following symptoms of whiplash, or they may develop in the days after. Symptoms include:

  • Neck pain or stiffness that gets worse with movement
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck
  • Headaches
  • Tenderness or pain in the arms, shoulders or upper back
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms
  • Fatigue

Look for these symptoms to help diagnose whiplash early. Treatment often consists of just resting the afflicted area and managing the pain, but physical medicine is helpful for people who have had more serious injuries.

When should I see a doctor about whiplash?

Whenever you’re involved in an accident or experience any trauma, you should get checked out by Dr. Herzog at Maine Rehabilitative Healthcare after acute managment. It’s important to have your whiplash diagnosed, and not just assume your neck will be fine.

While most people with whiplash are able to recover by themselves with rest and relaxation, your doctor makes sure you haven’t misidentified a more serious neck injury as whiplash. Given your neck’s vital role in supporting your head and connecting your brain to your body, neck injuries need to be taken very seriously.

If you experience any kind of neck pain or tingling after an accident, call Maine Rehabilitative Healthcare or book an appointment online.