The trauma from an motor vehicle accident or other major physical accident, such as a fall or sports injury, can have lifelong repercussions. The physical and emotional damage can cause problems later in life if not treated before more permanent damage sets in. Even if bones are not broken, lacerations are not present and you did not end up being taken to a hospital, soft tissue damage often occurs. If tissue damage is not treated, pain may go away after the initial period following the injury, or perhaps one thinks that they are doing alright because the pain can be reduced or eliminated with anti-inflammatory medications; however, scar tissue will form and the area can have decreased range of motion, reduced flexibility, and pain may develop from incorrectly healed tissue and/or scar tissue impinging nerves or narrowing joint spaces. Emotionally, you may suffer from post traumatic stress, anxiety, or depression.