If you’ve been in a car accident, it’s likely that you’ve suffered some injury to your neck or back. Whether it’s immediately after the accident, a few hours later when the adrenaline has worn off, or the next morning, you might notice stiffness or pain in your neck or back. So, what should you do?
Chiropractors specialize in the musculoskeletal system, especially the neck and spine. While there was a time when some Americans were a little wary of chiropractors and more trusting of medical doctors, chiropractors have become widely recognized as experts in this field. Because of this, many people choose to see a chiropractor after a car accident.
At your appointment, the chiropractor will do two main things. The first is to determine the extent of your injuries (both present and potential). The second is to create a treatment plan that will restore you to full function (or as close as possible). Then you will likely get started on that treatment plan.
Chiropractic treatment for a car accident injury is likely to focus on three things: restoring mobility, healing the injury, and relieving pain. In other words, the chiropractor will help you get as comfortable as possible under the current circumstances but also begin steps toward long-term results.
When you’ve been in a car accident, you have a lot on your mind. You might be worried about the little things like being late to work or wherever you were headed. You are probably worried about your car. Will it be totaled? What will you drive while it is being fixed? Your to-do list just got a lot longer. But don’t let concerns for your health be swept aside because of all those other things. Remember that your health is worth more than any car.
So, if you are experiencing any possible symptoms, or even if you’re concerned that you might have been injured, call and make an appointment with a chiropractor. Don’t hold off because it may be inconvenient to seek treatment.
Besides the fact that timely treatment has better outcomes, if you think you may have a personal injury claim, seeing a chiropractor sooner rather than later becomes essential. The insurance companies will be looking for any possible reason to deny your claim. When you wait to seek treatment, the insurance company takes that as a sign that your injuries were not serious or maybe that they weren’t even related to the accident. It is best not to delay.
At first thought, you might not think that chiropractors and personal injury lawyers have much in common. But there is one thing that ties them together—you. If you have been injured in a car accident, your chiropractor and lawyer will work together in your best interest. They want to get you back to living your best life.
In the case of a car accident claim, a chiropractor is not just valuable in helping you feel better physically. An experienced chiropractor knows the necessary procedures and documentation to prove the extent of your injuries and the necessity of your treatment. This is important in preparing a solid personal injury case. Because of this, it is always good to specifically ask if the chiropractor is experienced in treating injuries due to car accidents when you call to make your appointment. If the answer is not a resounding yes, call around until you find an office that can help.
When we work with you on a car accident claim, we want to provide you with the best possible outcome. Obviously, if you have fractures, bleeding, or head trauma after an injury, we advise that you head to the nearest emergency room. But in many cases, chiropractors can be an important resource in assuring you get the care you need and the settlement you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact us today for a free consultation.