Were you in a car accident? Did you visit your primary care physician or the hospital? Were you sent home with a prescription for a pain reliever and a pat on the back? If so, you might be pretty sore tomorrow or in the following days. You may even have a mild form of whiplash or just be sore all over. Yes, the pain may subside overtime, but will you ever get back to normal? Don’t you want long term relief? Also, wouldn’t you prefer to know if there is a more serious problem instead of waiting for it to cripple you at a later date? After a car accident, victims should never take risks with their quality of life. They should schedule an appointment with a licensed chiropractor.
Why should you seek chiropractic care after a car accident? For starters, chiropractors do not just try to cover up the problem of pain with medication. They do not use it! Instead, they rely on manual therapy. To make a proper diagnosis after a serious car accident, an MRI, sonogram, or x-ray may be used by your chiropractor. For pain that will subside overtime, therapeutic massages are often prescribed. For spinal or joint injuries, adjustments are usually prescribed. Whatever the treatment, manual therapy is used by the chiropractor and it involves the skillful use of the hands to restore balance to the body.
Another reason why you should seek chiropractic care after a car accident is to prevent later complications. Not all injuries result in pain. Some are just minor enough that there is no pain. That does not mean something didn’t happen to the body, your muscles, joints, or spine. Chiropractors will examine the body and they can determine if anything is even slightly wrong or out of place. Treatment will ensure that proper biomechanics and alignment are restored to your body. Primary care physicians tend to wait until pain is a symptom before taking action.
You now know the benefits of seeking chiropractic care after a car accident, so what should you do? Schedule an appointment. You may first want to speak with your car insurance provider or the at-fault driver. Most car insurance claims cover medical treatment sought because of an accident. You do not need to wait. Most insurance providers extend coverage to chiropractic care. They are legally classified as contact physicians by the federal government. All insurance companies should accept the treatment and diagnosis of a chiropractor, if not keep on pushing.
Since you should not wait for approval to see a chiropractor, familiarize yourself with your local options. You can do so by using your local phone book or the internet. When using the internet, perform a standard internet search with the phrase “chiropractor,” and your city and state. You will be linked to the websites of local providers in your area. You can use these to examine rates, get a feel for the professional, and see pictures of their office. Once you find a chiropractor you like, schedule an appointment.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to get an immediate appointment. This is because chiropractic care is increasing in popularity; there is a high demand. Some have a waiting list. When making your appointment, state you were in a serious car accident. Some schedulers may be willing to squeeze you in or contact you in the event of a late cancellation.
If seeking care immediately following a car accident, you may need to wait to file a claim. If the chiropractor requires immediate payment, pay or give your health insurance information. The rest can be worked out later. For now, it is important to seek treatment for any pain or discomfort you are feeling. Care should always come first.