Auto Accident Injuries

Auto Accident Injuries
I was in an accident, should I see a chiropractor?
After an accident it is recommend you go to the Emergency Room to be checked for fractures, internal bleeding or any other life threatening injuries. ERs are great at emergency care.  At the ER you will be given an evaluation to detect major injuries, they may do imaging and you will most likely be prescribed a muscle relaxer, pain killer, and an anti-inflammatory medication.  These prescriptions are great at treating symptoms, but do nothing to promote proper healing, normal joint function, or restore proper nervous system balance.

After going to the ER, you should go to a chiropractor to be evaluated for more subtle, but clinically significant, injuries that the ER is not trained to check for.  Chiropractors are a common stop for people after an accident, because they specialize at treating these injuries.  Before treatment, a consultation will be provided to determine if it is likely that you need chiropractic care.  If so, following the consultation, a thorough examination will be performed.  Depending on the consultation and examination findings, weight bearing x-rays including stress films may be taken to determine the extent of the injuries.

Common treatments we offer after an automobile injury include, but are not limited to, instrument driven or manual spinal adjustments, extraspinal (shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, wrist, TMJ, etc.) adjustments, low level laser therapy, muscle stimulation, intersegmental traction, rehabilitation, and spinal curve correction traction.  

Most people do not get the care they need after an auto injury and they pay for it later (with their bodies and their wallets). Many do not get care because they fear the expense. Most auto insurance policies offer Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or Med Pay, which are designed to pay for medical care following an auto injury. If you are involved in an accident, schedule a free consultation with our office and let us find out what insurance coverage may be available to cover the cost of your care. Attorney referrals available as needed.