Hi, Im a 5'7 146 pd female. Three days ago I ran a red light going about 30mph. A driver coming from my left side hit the front end of my 2003 Acura 3.2TL.He was driving a small SUV or jeep.His car flipped on its head and my entire front was smashed in, airbags deployed.
I was able to exit the vehicle on my own with what seems like only a burn and contusion on my wrist.I have a strong back from weight lifting/exercize but am noticing some pain. Not severe enough for pain meds though.
I am wondering if I should see a doctor and what type of doctor should I see? Your site is well written and helpful by the way.
Hi there, Michelle here...
Wow. You are SO LUCKY! So glad to hear your injury is minor... wow. Ok so just a small reminder, many injuries can take from 10 days to 2 weeks to show up in your body, the fact that you have some pain tells me your body is still just barely calming down after this impact.
Be prepared that you may start to experience more pain in the next 10 days to 2 weeks, which is a normal cycle of pain showing up after an accident.
Yes please go to your medical doctor, or your chiropractor to be checked out. Either doctor will be able to make sure you are ok.
You do not need a referral from a medical doctor to see a chiropractor in most states. The chiropractic office will be able to tell you this on your first phone call.
The chiropractor is going to be looking for evidence of sprain/strains in your back, neck, hips, wrists etc. The chiropractor will take x-rays which will be used to evaluate your neck and back. Most medical doctors will not take x-rays unless they suspect fracture or breaks in bone.
Both doctors will check you for a concussion as well, although you do not mention hitting your head, a significant impact like you experienced can cause mild concussion... they will ask you about headaches, dizziness, loss of focus etc...
Either doctor will be able to help you at this stage. For treatment for neck and back injuries you will want to seek chiropractic and massage care.
Most importantly rest as much as you can this week, and if you start to feel pain, use ice, rest and arnica to help yourself heal.
Finally, meds often mask pain, they certainly do not cure it, you don't need to be on them to get well after an accident...
Glad to hear the site is helpful... be well!