Chiropractic Treatment of Car Accident-Related Injuries
B-Line Clinic – chiropractic treatment of car accident injuries in Bend, Oregon.
First Line of Treatment of Any Car Accident
Even in a minor auto accident your car may not show any signs of damage, but it’s possible for your body to sustain an injury at a low speed. In fact, more than half of all whiplash injuries happen in accidents where there is no damage to the vehicle. This is why a chiropractor should be the first line of treatment after any car accident, regardless of the severity of the crash.
After a minor auto accident you should always make an appointment with a chiropractor as soon as possible. Not only is it important to have your spine examined to ensure no trauma has occurred, but your insurance company may separate your accident from your injury if you don’t see a chiropractor immediately.
The bottom line is this: Your chiropractor should always be consulted after a car accident. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment, even if you feel the incident may be minor or insignificant. When it comes to your health and vitality, nothing is trivial.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care After an Auto Accident
You Can’t “Walk It Off”: Your spine is a central feature of your anatomy and extremely vulnerable during an accident. Given the important role it plays in your body, spinal cord injuries are not something you can hope to “walk off.”
Injuries Aren’t Always Obvious: Pain stemming from your neck, hips, legs, and feet could all be rooted in a problem with your back. This is why you should visit a chiropractor after your accident even if your back seems to be fine.
Documentation For Insurance: it is crucial to have a chiropractor document injuries received and care provided. What seems minor today can be life-altering and costly tomorrow if proper diagnosis and care isn’t sought early on.
Always seek immediate, chiropractic care after an auto accident.
Have you or someone you know been in an automobile accident?
Winter driving has been particularly treacherous this year and we want to ensure that you, your family and friends have the information you need in the event you are involved in a car accident. Remember, serious injury can take place at as little as 5 mph.
Here are some answers to common questions:
What doctor do I see?
- Chiropractic treatment is the standard of care for automobile accidents.
- You do not need a referral from an MD. (Always seek immediate emergency care as necessary.)
- Auto injury medical massage may be prescribed by your chiropractor, is covered by auto insurance (PIP), and is offered at B-Line Clinic
Who should get an exam and assessment?
- The driver
- All passengers
- Please do not overlook exams and assessments for infants, children, and teens. They are more likely to suffer silently as they are not as able to express or articulate symptoms and injury.
- Automobile Insurance covers 100% of your treatment with no copay or deductible.
- Oregon law requires a minimum of $15,000 personal injury protection (PIP) for all licensed drivers and passengers, regardless of fault.
- Your post accident chiropractic exam, assessment and treatments are 100% covered, as is auto injury medical massage.
When should I see my chiropractor?
- Whether or not you or your passengers feel symptoms of pain or injury immediately, it is critical to be assessed by a chiropractor within 48 hours.
- The more time that passes the more likely an insurance company can deny your claim, that you will have out of pocket expenses, and that you will need an attorney.
- It is not uncommon for pain and symptoms to arise weeks after an accident, immediate treatment prevents underlying injuries from rapidly progressing.
- Getting an initial exam will protect you in the future should complications arise and prevents an insurance company from questioning whether the accident was the cause of your pain and injuries.
What symptom and injuries can occur immediately or days and weeks later?
- Pain, soreness, tenderness and stiffness in: head, face, jaw, neck, back, shoulders, ribs, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles, hands
- Headache, muscle spasm, nerve pain, fatigue, dizziness, numbness, tingling sensations, inability to focus, mental/brain fog, insomnia
- Whiplash, fractures, joint damage, nerve damage, rib and chest damage, disc tears, bulges, and herniation, muscle and tendon tears and strains, and cartilage tears