Auto Accident FAQs
Auto accidents can be bad enough without having to endure the pain and discomfort of whiplash or other types of injuries. It’s always good to see a chiropractor after an auto accident to find out if you sustained a musculoskeletal injury. These FAQs from Carolina Chiropractic Wellness Group, Inc. in Hickey explain more about chiropractor care for auto accident injuries.
How do I know if I have whiplash?
The sudden trauma of a rear end collision can cause your head to whip forward and back uncontrollably, straining muscles in your neck and causing whiplash. Whiplash symptoms include pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and hearing or vision problems. You may feel symptoms immediately, or days or weeks after the accident. By seeing a chiropractor, you can get an accurate diagnosis to avoid delay in treatment.
I went to the hospital after my accident. Should I still see a chiropractor?
At the hospital, you’ll be examined and treated for broken bones, lacerations, internal bleeding, and other serious injuries. If you feel muscle or joint pain after an auto accident, you’ll probably be given pain relievers. Chiropractors specialize in treating musculoskeletal injuries. Your Hickey chiropractor can determine the source of your pain and create a treatment plan that will help you heal, rather than just mask your pain symptoms with pills.
When should I see a chiropractor for evaluation of an auto injury?
You should see your Hickey chiropractor as soon as possible after sustaining an auto accident injury to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition. Early diagnosis and treatment will help expedite your recovery.
What can I expect from a chiropractic evaluation?
We’ll start by reviewing your medical history, discussing details of your accident, and assessing your symptoms. We’ll then perform a comprehensive physical exam, which may include x-rays to diagnose your condition. If you’re a candidate for chiropractic care, we’ll customize a treatment plan to relieve pain and help you heal.
How do chiropractors treat auto injuries?
Depending on the injury, your Hickey chiropractor may incorporate adjustments, massage therapy, and rehab exercises into your treatment. Adjustments realign spinal bones and joints to take pressure off of spinal nerves. This reduces pain and inflammation so you can move more freely.
Massage helps relax muscle tension and circulates blood to your injury to speed up your healing. Rehab exercises strengthen your muscles and improve flexibility.
Is chiropractic care covered by auto insurance?
If you have personal injury protection, your auto insurance may cover chiropractic treatments. If the accident wasn’t your fault, the insurer of the guilty party may pay for treatment. Talk to your insurer about payment options for chiropractic treatments.
See Your Hickey Chiropractor for Auto Accident Injury Treatment
For diagnosis and treatment of auto injuries, contact Carolina Chiropractic Wellness Group, Inc. in Hickey at 828-322-4787.