Dealing with the aftermath of an auto accident is not fun. Depending on the severity of the collision, you are probably making phone calls to insurance companies, auto body shops, and mechanics. Coordinating the necessary steps to get you back on the road can add tremendous stress to your already busy life. While obvious injuries such as broken bones and cuts demand immediate medical attention, less obvious injuries sustained in a car accident such as sore muscles, reduced range of motion, headaches, neck pain, and spinal pain are easier to put on the “back burner”.
Did you know that some injuries sustained in an auto accident can remain undetected for months or even years?
We meet many patients with neck and spinal problems stemming from a car accident they had years ago. There are two reasons for this:
1. Some people expect to be sore following a collision. They feel this “normal” soreness will subside in a couple of days to a couple of weeks. They become so focused on fixing their car, getting back to work, and putting the accident behind them that they never address their symptoms. After a few months or years, many people look back and realize they have never felt the same since their accident. Whether it is lingering headaches, neck pain, numbness in the arms, or reduced range of motion, they finally get around to seeing a health care provider months to years after the accident. By that point, their injuries are much tougher to treat.
2. Other people delay diagnosis and treatment of injuries to the neck and spine because their symptoms are not evident immediately following the collision. The symptoms of many spinal injuries can take weeks to months to surface. And when they do surface, they can come and go…often giving the person false hope that the symptoms will go away on their own. Even a small rear-end collision at a stoplight can lead to significant injuries and a host of spinal and muscle problems down the road.
It is important to identify and treat all injuries as quickly as possible after an auto accident.
Your medical doctor may diagnose severe injuries such as factures and concussions, but most are not specifically trained to detect damage to your neck and spine. Chiropractors specialize in treating the movement and mechanics of the neck and spine. Visiting a chiropractor may reveal injuries that could cause health issues for months or years to come. When injuries are treated soon after the accident, patients tend to heal at a faster pace.
It is equally important to quickly identify and treat injuries for insurance purposes.
Settling a case with the insurance company before fully understanding the extent of your injuries could prevent you from exercising your right to have your insurance company pay for your injuries. Regardless of who is at fault in the accident, your insurance will provide coverage for your injuries.
We will work with all of your health care providers.
At Watkins Family Chiropractic, we have helped many patients that have suffered injuries in all types of car accidents. We combine proven chiropractic treatments, rehabilitative exercises, and therapeutic massages to help you heal quickly. We work closely with physical therapists, orthopedists, and advanced imaging centers to coordinate the healing process.
Give us a call. We will sit down with you to talk about your accident and evaluate your health situation. No referrals are needed. We will work with your insurance company to make sure that claims are paid on a timely basis.