You were in a car accident.
It’s not unusual. Our chiropractors see auto injury patients every day. It happens to hundreds of people for millions of reasons. Here we will discuss what you can expect from your chiropractor and a few things you might want to watch out for.
Our Auto Injury Treatment
We specialize in auto accident injury recovery. Our experienced chiropractors and licensed massage therapists work hard to accomplish our primary goal of eliminating all pain and helping you return to pre-accident condition. We strive to keep great notes and good communication with all involved parties to your claim, including insurance companies and lawyers, and to inform them of your treatment status.
Depending on your level of injuries we may obtain an X-ray, CT or MRI of the affected areas. All of our technology is available on site, it’s safe, calibrated, and ready to use. In moments notice and with pinpoint accuracy we can inform you of any injuries to your bones.
After all necessary tests are completed and diagnoses have been determined, our chiropractors create a unique treatment plan that best fits your condition.
Common Car Accident Injuries
If you’ve recently been involved in an auto accident, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including the neck pain and other agonies associated with whiplash. On the other hand, you may not be suffering any symptoms at all, which can also be a bad thing if you’re actually injured and need of care without being aware of it. A car accident injury calls for the skill, expertise and compassionate care of a top-class Vancouver chiropractor — and here at Dr. Ibolit, our chiropractors can make sure you receive that care.
Whiplash is a neck injury resulting from forceful and rapid back and forth neck movement, like the cracking of a whip. Whiplash injury is produced most often during a rear-end car collision but can happen during impact sports and other trauma. If within 1-3 days of a car collision you experience worsening neck pain and stiffness, loss of movement in the neck, headaches, pain or tingling in the upper arms and shoulders, dizziness, and fatigue, you may have suffered a whiplash injury.
Physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic manipulation, and other forms of manual hands-on therapies are all valuable and effective for helping people recover from car accident injuries and whiplash.
First Couple of Days – Developing Symptoms
Above any visible injury, car accidents cause headaches, soreness, neck pain, discomfort in your joints, and so and so forth. These symptoms of injury may take up to a week to fully reveal themselves, but you will want to schedule an appointment with a medical professional as early as possible. Our schedule gets filled up quickly, so it’s important to call in.
Furthermore, make sure you don’t do any extensive physical activities. If done improperly or on a torn muscle, you can cause more damage than good. Similarly, avoid any heat. Heat does indeed relax your muscles and make you feel better, but it also causes inflammation, and in about 30 minutes the muscles will tense up again plus the inflammation will stay, effectively causing you additional pain.
Worst of all, if left untreated, many of these symptoms can transform into chronic pain. This occurs when muscles build up scar tissue, ultimately limiting to what degree you can recover. Chiropractic treatment, soft tissue massage, and therapeutic exercise are the most effective and safe ways to treat these injuries. That said, do not overlook the benefits of medical doctors for more serious injuries that require immediate attention.
To make sure that you don’t have to pay out of pocket, make sure you file a claim with your insurance company. Find out if you have personal injury protection (PIP), an amount of health coverage regardless of who is at fault. If you don’t, then there are still ways to get reimbursed for your treatment.
If you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be covered under third-party insurance. If it was determined that you weren’t at fault, then your car and medical expenses should be covered. However, the insurance company will work hard to make sure that their client isn’t held liable, either.
It can be a long, drawn-out process that can cause some victims to just give up. We recommend consulting a lawyer to make sure your health is taken care of. If injuries – no matter how slight you think they are – are left unattended, it could lead to even greater pain down the road. Read more about third-party insurance here, including what can happen in a multi-car accident.
Next Several Months
While receiving chiropractic treatment, you will notice that you feel great after a given visit, but the pain and discomfort come back soon after. As you continue your treatment you will notice how the good feeling effect after a visit becomes longer and longer, as you eventually do not need any more of our help. This is due to the muscular tensions that are built up after an accident. Massage therapy helps relax these muscles, and therapeutic exercise helps keep your muscles in a healthy condition. The end goal here is not to keep treating you. Our goal is to get you back to your healthy self so that you can return to your normal life!
There are also other aspects of an accident you should be aware of. As time passes, it is likely that your insurance company will become less and less patient with your treatment. To save yourself a headache, it’s a good idea to hire an attorney. If the accident was someone else’s fault, it is even more important to hire an attorney, since that often determines the outcome of your claim.
Independent Medical Examination
If an insurance company feels that the treatment is taking too long – or may not be needed at all – they can schedule an independent medical examination (IME). This is when a physician not associated with the insurance company nor the patient takes an overview of the treatment to determine if it is appropriate.
These examinations can reduce fraud as well as uphold medical standards that health care professionals should strive for. However, in some cases the examination isn’t thorough enough or the IME is being scheduled for frivolous reasons. For more information on the IME, read a detailed explanation here.
- Don’t wait to get treatment.
- File a claim with your insurance company.
- Get an attorney.
- Every situation is different, so make sure to use your best judgment based on your situation.