Dealing with the problems associated with suffering an automobile accident can become one of the most traumatic and frustrating experiences in a person’s life. The individual has to deal with the task of getting their vehicle repaired, dealing with insurance companies, and manage their resulting pains following the collision.
The automobile accident victim’s immediate concerns typically involve figuring out who is going to repair the car, questioning whether the insurance rate will go up, and determining who is going to pay for all of the damages. Unfortunately, the sufferer rarely takes the time to take care of their health following an accident despite many people realizing they do not feel the same following the collision. The troubling part with this is that health problems may arise days, weeks, and months following an accident.
As a result of the forces applied to the spine, joints, and soft tissues during an automobile accident, there is often significant damage done to the musculoskeletal system. This damage effects the biomechanics of your spine, and it can lead to future degeneration of your spine, numbness, spasms, pain, tingling, sleep disturbances, diminished flexibility, and headaches if left untreated. Sometimes, these symptoms may not arise until several weeks or even months after the accident. Therefore, even if you are just feeling sore following a collision, it is important to receive a thorough musculoskeletal evaluation by a chiropractor to avoid future health problems associated with the vehicle accident.
Following an automobile accident, it is important to seek the advice and evaluation of a qualified health professional who deals with musculoskeletal complaints and biomechanical disturbances on a daily basis, such as a chiropractor, before settling anything with your insurance company. If you settle your auto insurance claim prior to consulting with a chiropractor, any future care needed due to health problems resulting from the automobile accident are no longer covered by your auto insurance. Therefore, it is important you speak with a chiropractor before settling any claims with your insurance company.
Some common questions people have about chiropractic care following an automobile accident include:
I was already seen by an MD since my accident, why do I need to see a chiropractor?
Most medical doctors, especially in the emergency room, are trained to evaluate for life-threatening injuries by observing reflexes, vital signs, etc. before releasing the individual with pain medications. The medications prescribed are not geared toward correcting the underlying soft tissue and biomechanical problems resulting from the accident, but rather, they are designed to alleviate the symptoms associated with those problems. Most MDs do not adequately check the musculoskeletal system for biomechanical disturbances as a chiropractor would. An automobile accident is a significantly traumatic event that alters the biomechanics of the way the body moves and functions, and these biomechanical changes are often left untreated, resulting in postural disturbances, spinal degeneration, and future health problems. Therefore, it is important to seek the evaluation and advice of a chiropractor who is trained to evaluate the musculoskeletal system and sees biomechanical disturbances on a daily basis.
Should I wait to speak to an attorney before I see a chiropractor?
Not necessarily, it would be advisable to seek the evaluation of a chiropractor before seeking legal counsel. In many situations, the results of the examination by a properly trained chiropractor can give great insight into the extent of the physical damage done to the body, and it will provide you with information that you may use to determine if you feel an attorney is necessary. If you do feel an attorney is necessary, our office can refer you to a reputable attorney, qualified in similar cases.
Will I be responsible for paying for my healthcare following an automobile accident?
Only in very rare instances is a person responsible for paying for care as he/she is treated. In most cases, care at our office is provided “on credit” and the auto insurance covers 100% of the healthcare expenses up to a certain value. Furthermore, utilizing your medical coverage should not change your monthly premiums.
To learn more about your individual insurance coverage, please contact the office at 724-934-7788.
My car experienced only minor damage as a result of the accident; therefore, I should not need to see a chiropractor, correct?
Documented studies done by Charles Carroll, M.D., Paul McAtee, M.D. and Lee Riley, M.D. revealed that: “The amount of damage to the automobile bears little relation to the force applied to the cervical spine (neck) of the occupants.”
In other words, the damage to the passengers is not necessarily directly related to the damage to the vehicle.