Motor Vehicle Collision

After a car crash (motor vehicle collision), it is normal to have bruises and sore muscles. The first 24 hours usually feel the worst. After that, you will likely start to feel better each day.

HOME CARE

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Do not drink alcohol.

  • Take a warm shower or bath 1 or 2 times a day. This helps your sore muscles.

  • Return to activities as told by your doctor. Be careful when lifting. Lifting can make neck or back pain worse.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor. Do not use aspirin.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your arms or legs tingle, feel weak, or lose feeling (numbness).

  • You have headaches that do not get better with medicine.

  • You have neck pain, especially in the middle of the back of your neck.

  • You cannot control when you pee (urinate) or poop (bowel movement).

  • Pain is getting worse in any part of your body.

  • You are short of breath, dizzy, or pass out (faint).

  • You have chest pain.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous), throw up (vomit), or sweat.

  • You have belly (abdominal) pain that gets worse.

  • There is blood in your pee, poop, or throw up.

  • You have pain in your shoulder (shoulder strap areas).

  • Your problems are getting worse.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.