Injuries resulting from car accidents range from minor to major, depending on the situation. Even low-speed and low-impact car accidents can result in injuries. It’s also worth noting that, in many cases, the medical impact of a car accident might now be apparent until a few days after the impact. This is why it’s vital to receive medical attention after a car accident; you need to find out what possible injuries you might have sustained.
One of the medical professionals you can visit after an accident is a chiropractor. A good chiropractor can treat injuries sustained during a car accident, and provide you with medical evidence of your injury.
What Car Accident Injuries Can a Chiropractor Treat?
Among the most common car accident injuries — even at low speeds — is whiplash. A chiropractor can be especially effective at treating whiplash, since chiropractors specialize in treating neck and spine/back injuries. Since these are the types of injuries common in car accidents at all speeds and all levels of impact, it makes sense to see a chiropractor after a wreck. Many insurance companies recognize the effectiveness of chiropractors, and will pay for your treatment.
A chiropractor can also treat many types of soft-tissue injuries, and help you address muscular stiffness and other problems related to your car accident. It’s especially vital that you consider the possibility of soft-tissue injury after a car accident. You might not see evidence of such an injury until a day or two after the accident. In fact, many victims feel fine immediately following an accident, but then begin to feel the effects of whiplash and soft-tissue injury a few days after the incident.
See a health care professional after any car accident, and make sure that you have a personal injury attorney who can help ensure that you get the funds you need to cover your treatment. I’ve seen many people struggle with getting coverage for accident-related injuries because they failed to see a medical professional in a timely manner. Don’t let this happen to you. A chiropractor can help you pinpoint your accident-related injuries, and help you recover.
Choosing a Good Chiropractor
There are plenty of good, science-based chiropractors with the training to help you deal with neck and spine injuries, as well as recover from soft-tissue injuries due to a car accident. Unfortunately, there are also some quacks out there.
As you choose a chiropractor, ask for recommendations. Friends and family members can provide you with guidance, as can your personal injury attorney. Many doctors and more traditional medical practitioners are willing to recommend chiropractors as well.
Double-check to make sure that your chosen chiropractor has the right qualifications to practice. You can check the American Chiropractic Association to look up member practitioners, and find someone approved in your area. Online reviews can also be helpful.
A good chiropractor can help you overcome your injury, and help you avoid further injury. Your chiropractor should be a member of a complete team designed to help you recover from the car accident. Your team should include a medical doctor as well as a personal injury attorney who can represent you to the insurance company and help you get your claim paid. A good chiropractor is usually happy to work as part of a team designed to help you return to health.