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Chiropractic care after a car accident

 

When you are involved in an auto accident, you should receive the care you require for your injuries as soon as possible. But perhaps you’re wondering whether you should go to a chiropractor after your car accident? We answer that question with a resounding, “Yes.”

At Proactive Chiropractic, our mission is to help you recover as quickly as possible, allowing you to get back to living pain-free. Our non-invasive approach will not inflict further damage. And we will tailor our treatment plans to fit your unique pain. Unlike other care options, we will get to the heart of your pain, allowing you to better heal and move forward.

Learn more about how we help you recover after a car accident by reading below.

I’ve Been in a Car Accident; What Happens Now?

injured after a car accident

After a car accident, your emotions will run high. But to prevent any further damage or injury, there are steps you can take if an accident occurs.

  • Remain calm. Although it is difficult, panicking will only worsen the situation and perhaps your injuries.
  • Get medical help. If you or another passenger has sustained an injury, be sure to get medical attention immediately by calling 911.
  • File a claim. When you are stable, file a claim with your insurance company. Our office can assist you with this process.
  • Visit a chiropractor. As soon as possible after the accident, be sure to visit a qualified chiropractor that has extensive experience serving the needs of individuals hurt after car accidents. Make sure to mention each area of pain or injury.
  • Contact a lawyer, perhaps. You may be eligible for a personal injury case. Legal representation may be necessary. If you are unsure of which lawyer to hire, we can supply you with a list of lawyers who have done a great job representing other patients in the past. If you choose to represent yourself, know we will work closely with you to ensure you have everything you need from us.

Don’t Wait to See a Chiropractor

After a car accident, you will want to receive emergency attention for any serious injury. That said, do not delay in seeking treatment even if you think you aren’t hurt. Due to adrenaline, injuries can sneak up on you in the days following your accident. It is best to contact a chiropractor as soon as possible to make an appointment.

We will examine you for serious injuries such as brain injuries or fractures not otherwise seen. If a treatment plan is required, we will work with you to come up with a plan that is right for you.

Will Chiropractic Treatment Help?

Yes. Chiropractic treatment is non-invasive, without pain medication or surgical procedures, which helps your body to heal properly instead of forcefully. Chiropractic care will reduce inflammation and the potential for long-term pain. We also perform a thorough examination including imaging as needed to ensure there isn’t a serious injury that could be missed.

Injuries May Hide After a Car Accident

During the minutes after a car accident, you may not notice each injury you might have sustained. Certain injuries may hide and only become evident in the days to come including:

  • Whiplash
  • Traumatic brain injury including concussions
  • Spinal injuries

These injuries could take days to weeks to show any noticeable symptoms, delaying recovery and treatment. If you suspect these injuries or feel symptoms, you should contact us right away.

Whiplash: The Most Common Injury After Car Accidents

Whiplash, also known as neck strain, is an injury that occurs most often after car accidents. Most of the time, the symptoms of whiplash do not appear until 24 hours after the accident. However, symptoms may take much longer to appear, sometimes even days or weeks. Symptoms of whiplash may include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Loss of range of motion in your neck
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue

The treatment for whiplash might include various neck exercises that we will help you perform or other non-invasive treatments such as rest and heat or cold. We will first examine you for any further injury and then provide you with a treatment plan for your unique symptoms and pain.

What Other Injuries From a Car Accident Can A Chiropractor Treat?

Aches and pains, if left untreated, can result in long-term chronic pain after your car accident. We treat other injuries including:

  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Arm pain

After an accident, you may experience pain in all these areas, depending on severity. By visiting a chiropractor, we can help you find the true injuries outside of the soreness. By thinking your pain is only due to soreness, you are placing your body at risk for long-term pain or serious injury.

Paying for Chiropractic Treatment

It can be tough to deal with your pain after a car accident especially when you are concerned about the cost of your treatment. However, in North Carolina, state law requires that auto liability insurance policies and Medpay cover your chiropractic care. If the other driver is uninsured, uninsured motorist coverage covers treatment from a chiropractor.

If you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to include the cost of chiropractic care in your damages. Either way, you can rest assured that after an accident, you will receive the care you require.

Which Is Better: Chiropractic Therapy or Physical Therapy?

Focusing on the musculoskeletal system and the manipulation of the spine, chiropractors use muscle release techniques to relieve tension, relax muscles and relieve pain. Physical therapists focus more broadly on the body and have less experience with manipulation as a treatment technique.

After an accident, we will use a combination of chiropractic care and therapeutic exercises for a truly customized therapy experience. By visiting us, you don’t have to choose between chiropractic and physical therapy—you can get all the care you need after a car crash from our qualified, dedicated staff.

Each case is unique. It is best to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor to first diagnose the severity of your injuries.

Seeking Treatment After a Car Accident From a Chiropractor?

Proactive Chiropractic understands that a car accident is a traumatic experience. We want to do all we can to help facilitate your healing, both physically and emotionally. Let us deliver a customized treatment plan to fit your needs. Give us a call at 704-659-4613 or reach out online.

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