Why am I sore after a car accident?



If you’ve been involved in a car accident and you are feeling sore, it is important to seek immediate medical treatment. This is the case particularly when the wreck is a rear-end collision.

Muscle pain and soreness are likely the result of the inflammation and swelling of muscle fibers due to the violent stretching and movement that occurs after a collision. Ligaments and muscle fibers can become stretched beyond their natural tolerance level, causing swelling and soreness. This in turn will place pressure on the nerves that circle the muscles.

Irritated nerves then cause your muscles to react to the situation. Essentially, the brain tells the muscles to immobilize the injured area through contraction. This is why injury symptoms after a car wreck may include contractions and muscle spasms. This is the body attempting to protect and heal.

At the scene of the wreck, your body’s adrenaline and the excitement may be masking the initial pain symptoms. That is why, for many soft tissue injuries, the pain does not ‘appear’ until the next morning. Still, the process by which the inflammation and swelling will cause the nerve irritation may take up to several days.

This is why it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible after a wreck. Medical providers may be able to provide the care you need to lessen the symptoms of soft-tissue injuries. Further, tests can be done to rule out more serious injuries, like concussions, disc protrusion and herniation, and internal bleeding.

If you’ve been involved in a car wreck, and you are feeling sore, it is important that you seek treatment. It is also important that you seek out the advice of an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer. So please, don’t hesitate, call and speak to one of our experienced lawyers at Schenk Smith today. Our consultations are always free.