FINDING THE RIGHT CARE AFTER YOUR AUTO ACCIDENT
Being involved in a car accident is a frightening and life-changing experience — one that can leave you with emotional and physical damages. If you require immediate medical attention, you’ll be seen on the scene of the accident or taken to the hospital. However, patients that have pain days after the crash struggle with finding the right care.
Here’s how to make sure you find the care you need.
WHEN SHOULD I GO TO THE DOCTOR?
After an accident, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage requires that the insured be seen within 14 days from the date of the accident for initial treatment. However, we recommend seeking medical attention within 72 hours of your accident to decrease the risks of developing more serious conditions or irreparable disability.
GOING BEYOND YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN
Your PCP is the right person to manage your annual physicals, check your blood work, and monitor certain existing conditions — but they aren’t always the right fit for post-accident care.
You could see them for a check-up to evaluate you for a sprain or strain — but more serious injuries involving your spine or neck should be monitored by a specialist. Your PCP can refer you to a specialist, or you can seek the right care for you on your own.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ORTHOPEDIC & CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Being involved in a car accident can cause a multitude of injuries — including many that involve your spine, neck, and other major joints and muscle groups. Immediately following an accident, your doctor may recommend seeking additional treatment from either an orthopedic specialist or a chiropractor. Here’s why:
Most of the injuries that occur following a car crash happen to your neck and back. A chiropractor specializing in car accident injuries will carefully assess your situation and can help treat a range of conditions — from whiplash to rotator cuff injuries, strains, and separating discs.
Chiropractic care focuses on musculoskeletal and nervous system injuries like these. Through adjustments and additional treatments, your chiropractor will be able to restore function to your neck and spine as well as restore blood flow and reduce inflammation to help your muscles heal.
In the event that a musculoskeletal injury requires surgery, our orthopedic team provides expert care correcting any injuries in the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, or muscles.
For patients who suffered a herniated disc or another injury to their spine, our specialists can perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures to target the injury.
In addition to chiropractic care, you may require additional treatment. These minimally invasive procedures treat back pain to reduce a future, more serious flare-up.