Top 5 Auto Accident Injury FAQs: What You Need to Know
If you have recently been injured in an auto accident, taking the right steps now for chiropractic treatment can help you avoid long-term back pain, neck pain and other chronic health problems. Below, our chiropractor and wellness team answer five of our patients’ most frequently asked questions about chiropractic care for auto accident injury rehabilitation:
#1: I have already seen my family doctor – why should I see a chiropractor?
Even if you have been to the hospital or been evaluated by your family doctor, you may still benefit from seeing a chiropractor. Accidents at speeds as slow as 5mph can cause serious whiplash injuries and other spinal misalignments. However, unlike a broken bone, musculoskeletal injuries are much more difficult to diagnose. It may be weeks or even months before pain becomes evident from a musculoskeletal injury. Consequently, a prompt chiropractic evaluation from a chiropractor who is trained to diagnose musculoskeletal injuries is absolutely essential for pain management and treatment.
#2: How do I know if I have a whiplash injury?
Whiplash is one of the most common auto accident injuries. All it takes is a rear-impact at speeds as slow as 5mph to knock the cervical spine out of alignment and trigger a whiplash injury. The force of the rear impact will whip the neck backwards and forwards, leading to stiffness and soreness, a misaligned spine, and recurring neck pain and headaches. Other common whiplash injury symptoms include recurring headaches and migraines, difficulty concentrating on simple tasks, and sleep disturbances.
#3: Why is chiropractic care so effective for auto accident injury treatment?
Chiropractic care is highly effective for treating auto accident injuries because chiropractic care directly addresses the underlying cause for a patient’s pain – rather than “covering up” pain symptoms with medication. Drugs are limited in their effectiveness; once medication wears off, pain will return. Chiropractic adjustments, however, directly target the spinal misalignment that is underlying a patient’s pain. For example, a herniated disc that compresses the sciatic nerve will continue to cause pain as long as this nerve compression persists. Adjustments can relieve pressure on the nerve, which in turn is effective for relieving pain.
#4. How can handle the financial side of my auto accident with your office?
Patient's have a few different options for personal injury cases. You may use your personal Med Pay if you have it, which is through your auto insurance. Med Pay will cover the medical costs resulting from an auto accident, regardless of who was at fault. If you have chiropractic coverage on your policy, you may choose to use your health insurance. Another option is to pay our discounted out of pocket cash rates, and then once you've completed treatment you can pursue reimbursement from the person at fault. If you feel you need legal advice, we typically work exclusively with attorney Neal Sobol, who offers free consultations. If he picks up your PI case, we will work on a lien with him. Our office can go over more details at your first visit.
#5: What should I expect during treatment?
Chiropractic adjustments are beneficial for all auto injury victims. Our chiropractor will first conduct a comprehensive diagnostic exam to determine the root cause for your pain. Based on the exam’s results, we will create a custom treatment program tailored specifically to your pain management and rehabilitation needs.