After a car accident, you should always seek medical treatment, and if you have injuries to your neck or back, you may want to seek chiropractic treatment in particular. To help you get the most from your treatment, here is a brief guide to getting chiropractic care after an accident.
Whiplash Injuries Are Very Common After Car Accidents
A variety of injuries from cuts and bruises to death can occur as a result of a car accident. One of the most common injuries after a car accident is whiplash. This injury occurs when your neck moves forward quickly and becomes strained as a result of that motion. When you’re wearing a seat belt, the rest of your body is restrained so that when the car stops, your body stops as well. However, your neck and head are not restrained. As a result, these body parts keep moving even when the car has stopped, and that leads to whiplash injuries. These injuries can occur if you are rear ended or hit from the front.
Back and Neck Injuries Don’t Always Show Up Right Away
If you suffer dismemberment, cuts, concussions, or a variety of other injuries, they tend to show up right after the car accident. Whiplash and back injuries, in contrast, may not show up right away. This happens due to the rush of adrenaline many people receive when they are in an accident — the adrenaline can block your body from noticing pain signals. Additionally, back and neck strains may not be felt until you move or sit a certain way.
Chiropractic Treatment Takes More Than One Appointment
Chiropractic treatment can help you get past whiplash as well as other neck and back injuries. However, to work effectively, the treatment takes time. You can’t get help in a single appointment. When you suffer a back injury due to a car accident, your back or neck has been moved into a painful position in a very fast and abrupt manner. In a lot of other cases, when people have back pain, the injuries occur slowly over time.
In both cases, chiropractic treatment works by making small adjustments to your back. Bit by bit, your chiropractor helps to put your neck and spine back into proper alignment. Unfortunately, that is a time consuming process. It’s not something that can happen overnight.
The At-Fault Driver Is Liable for Your Care
When you are in a car accident caused by another driver, they are legally obligated to cover your expenses. If they are uninsured and they have no assets, your insurance policy may cover your expenses as long as you have underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage.
To ensure you get a settlement that truly covers your expenses (medical bills, car repairs, lost time at work, pain and suffering, etc.), you may need to work with an attorney. They can make estimates related to current and future losses. They can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. If necessary, they can take your case to court.
You Need to Save Your Medical Records
When you see a chiropractor after a car accident, make sure that you keep your records and any bills that you incur. If you make a claim against the at-fault driver, those records can be essential for establishing the amount of your settlement.
At 1-800-WE-TREAT, we can help you find chiropractic treatment or other medical care after a car accident. We can also connect your with lawyers if needed. To learn more, contact us today.