The first thing you should do after an auto accident is seek medical attention for yourself and any injured loved ones. Depending on your injuries, a chiropractor could be a good choice. For example, any type of pain or discomfort in your back, arms, shoulders, legs or neck would be a definite indication you should make an appointment as soon as possible.
Should You See a Chiropractor for Minor Injuries?
An auto accident is not a minor event. Depending on the trauma you endured, any change in your condition— physical, emotional or mental — could indicate severe underlying injuries.
We would suggest anyone involved in a crash come see us or another appropriate medical provider. That is the only reliable way to accurately determine how much attention an injury might require.
Which Injuries Can a Chiropractor Treat?
At PhysMED, our main focus is physiotherapy for injuries received from motor vehicle accidents. Therefore, while our colleagues in the field treat a variety of health issues, our specialization is in providing the most effective and up-to-date treatment for the following:
Our services might only be one element of your treatment after a severe auto accident. If it is necessary during the course of your therapy, we can provide you with references to specialists who can help you recover from the other aspects of your injury.
How Long Does Therapy Last?
One reason you should see a chiropractor as soon as possible after a car accident is simple: It takes time to heal. With the correct regimen of treatment and exercises, a relatively minor soft tissue injury might only take a little over a month to two to heal.
Is Chiropractic Covered by Insurance?
Everyone’s insurance treats physiotherapy differently, but all of the essential treatments are covered under the vast majority of standard health insurance plans. Furthermore, we act as medical providers in terms of qualifying you for coverage under Florida’s personal injury protection laws, if necessary. We will work with you to help you understand your insurance coverage and get the treatment you need.
In the Case of Severe Injuries
If you have severe trauma — broken bones, cuts, burns, head injuries or severe joint injures, such as dislocations, for example — please do not hesitate to visit the emergency room. PhysMED is equipped to handle a wide range of injuries, but we do not have emergency facilities at our centers. After these acute concerns are taken care of, we will help you recover in a safe, calm environment if further treatment is indicated.
You should seek prompt medical attention if there is any change in your condition after a car accident. The sooner you start treatment, the better your long-term outlook will be. Please contact us today to set up an appointment.