Even in a minor car accident, the impact can cause significant damage to the body, and in many cases, injuries may not be apparent right away. If there is a life-threatening injury, you will likely be transported to the hospital and treated with first responders. But when this isn’t the case, whether symptoms are present or not, it’s recommended to seek care from a chiropractor in the immediate aftermath of any car accident. If you’ve been in an accident and aren’t sure of your next steps, below are some scenarios when visiting a Board Certified Chiropractor with Personal Injury experience is a good idea.
Anyone Whose Car Was Damaged
If your car sustains even very mild damage as a result of your accident, you should have your spine checked out by a chiropractor with extensive Personal Injury experience. Cars are much more sturdy than our bodies in many ways, so if an impact is enough to damage the metal frame, it most likely had at least some effect on your body as well. When a car stops suddenly, your body keeps moving for a time and is usually stopped by a seatbelt or a hard surface, leaving you vulnerable to numerous injuries. This can lead to whiplash and other soft tissue injuries, broken bones, or even head injuries like concussions. When there is enough force for your car to be damaged, it’s likely that your body had to absorb some of that shock and needs medical attention.
Anyone Who Is in Pain
Any pain after a car accident is a sure sign that you should visit a Chiropractor with Personal Injury experience. This includes not only general soreness, but things like back pain, headaches, pain in the limbs, or pain when moving that was not present before the accident. Even if the pain is not enough to send you to the hospital after your accident, it’s important to have it evaluated as it may be a sign of something more severe. While it’s common to feel pain after an accident, it is never normal, and a chiropractor should be able to assess your symptoms and diagnose the root cause so that you can begin healing quickly.
Anyone Who Isn’t in Pain
Many people are pleasantly surprised when they are able to walk away from a car accident with no symptoms of injuries at all. However, this can often be deceptive. The adrenaline and shock brought on by an accident often mask injuries for hours or even days after the event, allowing you to carry on as if nothing happened. Meanwhile, your injuries can be worsening in that time frame.
This is why you should visit a Personal Injury Chiropractor as soon as possible after a crash, even if you are not experiencing any pain or other symptoms. By catching any hidden injuries early, you can begin treatment before the condition has the chance to worsen.
Benefits of a Car Accident Chiropractor
When seeking care after an accident, it’s important to visit a practitioner who has experience with injuries that may be similar to yours. A car accident chiropractor is able to better assess and treat injuries resulting from a car accident, as they see patients daily with similar concerns.
If you visit a chiropractor before any symptoms appear, this expertise can be especially useful as they may know what to look for and ask about before you’ve even realized something is occurring. By using common diagnostic techniques, a specialist will develop a plan that is customized to your needs and goals based on their experience. Once you have a treatment plan, you will also be able to benefit from the experience of other car accident victims, with plans designed to help specific injuries like whiplash and concussions.
Additionally, chiropractors apply their same natural and holistic techniques to car accident victims as they do all their patients. By focusing on techniques that are non-invasive and don’t rely on surgery or medication, chiropractors can relieve pain and improve wellbeing through manual adjustments and exercises. This also allows chiropractors to adjust treatment based on how a patient is responding, tailoring care to help you achieve your specific goals.
Integrated Care for Car Accident Victims
It’s important to know who to see after a car accident. If you have recently been in a car accident, our Board Certified Physicians have extensive Personal Injury experience and are here to offer help. In addition to traditional chiropractic adjustments, we offer a number of therapies and treatments to address pain and other symptoms of your injuries. We work with each patient to develop a comprehensive plan that meets your needs and aids recovery.
Contact Wesley Chapel Spine & Sports Medicine today at (813) 994-0151 to begin your path to healing!