If you’ve been in a minor accident and there’s little or no visible damage to your vehicle, you might be tempted to skip heading to your chiropractor. After all, if there’s no damage visible to your car, there shouldn’t be any damage to you, right?

It would be great if that were the case, but sadly, flesh and bone just aren’t as durable as the steel frame of your car or truck. Long before solid steel starts showing signs of damage, your body will feel the effects.

That makes sense when you think about it. After all, if you’re cruising along at 20 or 30 miles an hour and come to a sudden stop, there are bound to be impacts to your body.

One thing that can often give you a false sense of security is the fact that when you get into an accident, even a relatively minor one, your body is flooded with adrenaline and you may not feel even the least bit sore in the hours immediately following the accident.

Don’t let that fool you, though! By the next day, you’re almost certain to feel it, and pain is, after all, your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. The very worst thing you can do is to ignore it.

After you suffer from any accident, even a small and relatively harmless one, you still owe it to yourself to go get checked out by your chiropractor to assess the damage you may not be able to feel right away. It will almost certainly come back to haunt you later.

From a practical perspective, that makes sense because if you go to the doctor right away and there is a problem, it can be corrected while it’s still small and easily fixed. If you wait, it could fester and get worse, and that’s never a good thing.