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Chiropractic Care for Auto Accidents

In most cases involving soft tissue or joint damage, chiropractic care after an accident is a sensible starting point. Sometimes, it is all that is necessary to resolve the issue. Here are some common questions about chiropractors and auto accidents.

Do you have to see a chiropractor following an accident?

In most situations, seeing a chiropractor is a good idea. This is true even if you do not have any pain symptoms. Whether you go to a chiropractor or elsewhere, it is important to have your condition assessed by a professional as soon as possible. Everyday activities — even something as simple as sleeping for a night — could aggravate certain conditions.

There are some instances when you might want to go to the emergency room directly after a car accident. If you are having problems with mobility, if you have extreme pain or, generally speaking, if there is a major change in your condition for the worse, heading to the ER could be a sensible reaction.

What kind of treatments do chiropractors provide?

Your chiropractor would have to assess your conditions before determining what course of treatment to recommend. However, it is relatively easy to know what to expect during the very first stages. Your doctor would have a look at your physical condition, ask you some questions about the accident and then probably demonstrate a few motions for you to imitate.

All of these initial steps are in service of informing your initial diagnosis. Depending on your current range of motion, the time since your injury and your overall pain level, your chiropractor would recommend a variety of different options for you to manage your condition, possibly including:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic treatment
  • Further consultation or diagnostics

Are chiropractors covered by insurance?

At PhysMed, we work with two main types of insurance. The first and the one with which you are probably most familiar is medical insurance. The second one has to do specifically with medical treatment after auto accidents in Florida.

All Florida drivers are required to carry this second type of insurance, personal injury protection. It is meant to allow you to cover your own injuries in the case of an auto accident, no matter who is at fault. It is important that you seek medical care from a provider familiar with this type of insurance policy. There are some technicalities involved in securing coverage.

Is chiropractic care effective after an accident?

Yes, chiropractic care is recommended for many types of injuries caused by auto accidents. Examples include whiplash, disc problems and chronic muscle or joint pain. Chiropractic care has the added benefit of being one of the least invasive options available.

If you fear you have been injured, please seek medical attention. Please feel free to call us at (941) 921-4884 immediately, and we will set up your initial appointment.

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