Car Accidents and Chiropractic: Frequently Asks Questions
Should I see a chiropractor?
Depending on the severity of the accident, you may need to go to a hospital immediately after the accident. Whether or not you go to the emergency room or urgent care, you should come to a chiropractor if you have any new pain or stiffness relating to the accident. That pain may be immediate after the accident or may take a few days to show up.
What should I expect during the first visit?
During the initial visit, we will consult on the mechanics of the accident, we will perform an initial exam, have a consultation about what we find, and discuss a treatment plan. If appropriate, we will begin treatment during the first appointment. If x-rays are required, we will send you to an imagining center with an order form.
What should I bring?
Bring all health and auto insurance paperwork related to the event to your first appointment if available. If you visited a hospital or any other health care provider, it would be helpful for you to bring any paper work from this visit as well. Be prepared to provide a detailed explanation of the crash and any treatment that has occurred since the accident.
What else will be part of my treatment plan?
Our treatments include manual adjustment, muscle work, electrical stimulation therapy, roller table therapy, stretching techniques, and home exercise programs.
How long should I expect to see a chiropractor?
The average accident causes strains and sprains all over the body. On average, these injuries will take 6 weeks to heal. During this time it is common for a patient to receive 12 patients, with more frequent visits during the first few weeks of treatment. Each crash is different, so the level of severity of injuries obtained may alter treatment time.
How soon after the accident can I come to a chiropractor?
Immediately! There is no such thing as “too soon” when it comes to seeking treatment after an accident.
How late after an accident will chiropractic treatment still be an option?
As far as injuries go, we can help residual stiffness and pain even years later. Years after the injury, car insurance cannot be billed, only health insurance
How much will treatment cost?
There are several payment options available.
Car accident insurance- While each insurance is different, we send your claims directly to your insurance. There is usually no co-pay involved.
Health insurance- you can bill directly to your normal health insurance and pay you normal co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible amount
Cash- no insurance is required to receive treatment at our office
Should I get an attorney? Will you work with one if I already have one?
Each case will require different action depending on its level of complexity and an attorney can help the process for you if you feel like it is requiring too much time or you not being treated fairly. We will always work with a lawyer. Our clean notes, experienced hands, and great communication make us the ideal partner for any lawyer.