Crepitus is a Sign of Healing After an Accident

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Crepitus Following a Motor Vehicle Accident: A Sign of Healing?

I want to talk about something that many people typically experience after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. It’s called crepitus. Most of the patients we see at some point become concerned about the noises their body is starting to make.  It may be sounds they have never heard before and they are usually certain it’s something bad. Now, crepitus might sound like a fancy medical term, but it’s actually something you can feel and hear in your body. Let’s talk about what crepitus is, how it relates to a motor vehicle accident, and why it can actually be a positive sign that you are healing.

First, let’s understand what crepitus is. Have you ever noticed a cracking or popping sound when you move a joint, like your knee or shoulder? That’s crepitus. It can also feel like a grinding sensation when you move certain body parts. Now, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, isn’t that a bad thing?” Well, not necessarily.

After a motor vehicle accident, your body goes through a lot of trauma. The bones, muscles, and joints may suffer injuries, and the road to recovery can be a bumpy one. I typically refer to it as a roller coaster of healing. Crepitus is often a result of these injuries, and it occurs when damaged tissues and bones rub against each other during movement. It might seem alarming at first, but here’s the interesting part: crepitus can actually indicate that your body is healing.  When you experience crepitus, it means that the injured tissues are reconnecting and forming scar tissue. Scar tissue might not sound glamorous, but it plays a vital role in the healing process. It helps to stabilize and strengthen the injured area, allowing it to regain its functionality. So, while crepitus might be a bit uncomfortable or strange, it shows that your body is actively repairing itself.

It’s important to note that crepitus is not always a cause for concern. In fact, it’s quite common after a motor vehicle accident. As long as the crepitus is not accompanied by severe pain, swelling, or restricted movement, it is likely a positive sign of healing. However, if you experience any of these additional symptoms or if the crepitus persists or worsens over time, it’s important to seek a health care professional for a proper evaluation.

While moving through recovery, there are steps you can take to support your body’s healing process. Resting the injured area is crucial, as it allows your body to focus its energy on repairing the damaged tissues. Applying ice packs to reduce swelling can also help discomfort. Additionally, following your healthcare provider’s recommendations for therapeutic exercises and rehabilitation can aid in restoring strength and flexibility to the affected area.

Everyone’s healing process is unique. Some people may experience crepitus for a short time, others may notice it for a more extended period, some may not experience it at all. The key is to listen to your body and be patient with the healing. Your body knows best, and it will slowly move you towards recovery.  Crepitus following a motor vehicle accident can be a sign that you are healing. Although it might sound and feel strange, it often indicates that damaged tissues are moving towards healing. Remember to pay attention to any additional symptoms and seek medical advice if necessary. Rest, ice, and following your healthcare provider’s recommendations for therapy are essential steps in supporting your body’s healing process.


— This article is written by Aaron Workman, DC, one of the members of Chambers Medical Group’s team of car accident chiropractors who offer a variety of treatments and therapies ranging from diagnostic testing to various soft tissue therapies for car accidents and injuries in Kentucky.








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