After they’ve been in an auto accident, many people are examined in the emergency room but no major injuries or broken bones are found. They are given pain medication and are released, believing they are OK. Some of these individuals continue to have symptoms such as pain and stiffness, however, even though examination and X-rays in the emergency room showed nothing was broken
Studies show that a large number of patients (62% to 86%) who had whiplash or similar injuries continue to have symptoms 10 to 15 years after an auto accident. Don’t make the mistake of being more concerned about your car than your health. Injuries can show up later.
Should You See an Attorney Before You See Chiropractor?
While there may be no simple answer to this question after an auto accident, a chiropractic exam can evaluate your injuries to determine whether it’s necessary to consult with an attorney. If you need to seek legal assistance, we can refer you to a qualified, reputable attorney.
Your Car Sustained Only Minor Damage?
A study by Charles Carroll, M.D. and others shows “The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relations to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants.” It’s true that some people have worse injuries in low-property-damage accidents than in accidents where there is more car damage.
Do You Have to Pay for Treatment Yourself?
You can receive care “on credit” if you’re represented by an attorney. Law in some states requires policies for car insurance to cover a minimum of $3,000 in medical care. This applies regardless of who is at fault. When you visit a chiropractor, they can help you get more information about this special situation. Keep in mind that your premium cast should not increase just because you use your medical coverage.
Don’t Sign or Settle with the Insurance Company Before an Evaluation
If you settle before your injury is fully resolved, you will probably have to make payments out of your own pocket. Don’t sign or settle until your injury has been evaluated by a certified doctor.
Should You Wait to Get Treatment?
Soft-tissue injuries can become worse as time passes. Early treatment can help keep the damage to a minimum. It’s also important to understand that insurance companies don’t often accept responsibility for medical expenses if a long period of time has passed between the date of the accident and the beginning of treatment.
Do You Need to See a Chiropractor When You’ve Seen a Medical Doctor?
If you’ve been to a hospital emergency room, they’ve checked vital signs and will make sure there are no life-threatening conditions before they release you with pain-relief medication. It’s essential to have a doctor focus on treatment and diagnosis of injuries from an auto accident. But they usually don’t treat the underlying causes of problems/pain with muscles and bones, and this can lead to future pain.
If you’re still experiencing problems, you should get a second opinion. Pain-relief pills don’t correct soft-tissue damage or structural injuries. There are special therapies for this, which are available at our office.*
*Individual results will vary and may not be typical. The information on this page is not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results.