Every year millions of people suffer injuries due to vehicle accidents. Some of the car accident victims are faced with long-term injuries and disability. The Insurance Research Council reported that almost one-third of all car accident claimants seek treatment from chiropractic specialists. This demonstrates the critical role played by this form of care in treating accident victims.
Chiropractors have the ability to treat different types of injuries, including whiplash, neck and back injuries. In addition, they can help alleviate soft tissue pain and related injuries. Muscle pain and stiffness undermines an individual’s ability to function normally. In some cases, car accident victims may not feel pain immediately. It is vital to visit a chiropractor for proper examination.
A chiropractor will check for injuries to the back and neck using an X-ray machine. Once the injuries have been detected, the practitioner administers chiropractic adjustments to restore normal function.
What to do after an auto accident
Chiropractors recommend making an appointment for a comprehensive examination immediately after an auto accident. Experiencing minimal or no pain does not eliminate the possibility of internal injuries. Auto accident victims may notice symptoms after days, weeks or even months.
The doctor’s note detailing the extent of the injuries must be kept for future reference. Personal injury attorneys require the physician’s note when filing a lawsuit. Failure to visit a chiropractor for examination undermines the ability to claim compensation for the injuries. Personal injury attorneys can assist auto accident victims to receive compensation for physical injuries based on negligent actions of a third party.
The compensation makes it easier to cover medical bills resulting from the accident. The same applies to any loss of income due to the inability to work.
How chiropractic care works
When you visit the chiropractor, the practitioner will determine the extent of the injuries. You will be informed about the number of estimated treatments needed to ensure a positive outcome. Depending on the nature of the injuries, the chiropractor may decide to refer you to another medical specialist as well, such as a physical therapist.
Some of the diagnostics tests that may be conducted as part of the chiropractic care include Kemp’s, Psoas muscle and Yeoman’s tests. The tests are conducted using a wide variety of specialized tools, including medical imaging equipment.
For more information on how chiropractic care can help you recover from a car accident, make an appointment today with Dr. Bofshever.