Auto Accident Injuries
If you have been in an auto accident, chiropractic care can be an important part of your recovery process. While hospital emergency staff or your family physician may be able to treat broken bones or other injuries, you may have sustained damage to the soft tissues of your spine, which only a chiropractor can diagnose and treat. If you're suffering from whiplash or other injuries after a car accident, Chiropractic of Bellevue can help to ease your pain.
Is a Chiropractor Qualified to Treat My Injuries?
Yes, chiropractors are qualified to diagnose and treat a range of all musculoskeletal injuries thanks to their rigorous medical training. A chiropractor must complete a four-year bachelor's degree in the sciences, followed by four years of postgraduate training to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Dr. Owens completed his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas, and has been practicing in Washington state since 1997.
How Soon After a Car Accident Should I See a Chiropractor?
You should see a chiropractor as soon as possible after being involved in a car accident. The sooner you see a chiropractor, the more effective treatment will be. Seeing a chiropractor as soon as possible after your auto accident will also help you to understand the extent and severity of your injuries so you can get the compensation you need from your insurance.
What Auto Accident Injuries Do Chiropractors Most Often Treat?
The most common auto accident-related injury chiropractors treat is whiplash, an injury of the cervical (neck) spine that occurs when the head whips back and forth quickly following a collision. However, injuries to the rest of the spine can also occur. Most of these injuries are soft tissue injuries.
I Don't Feel Any Back or Neck Pain; Should I Still See a Chiropractor?
Yes, you should still see a chiropractor right away even if you don't immediately feel any back or neck pain following an auto accident. Sometimes accident-related injuries to the soft tissues in the back or neck don't become symptomatic until several days or weeks following the accident. If you wait until symptoms appear to seek treatment, not only will treatment be more difficult, but it may be too late to seek compensation from your insurance company.
If I've Been to the Hospital, Should I Still See a Chiropractor?
Yes, you should still come to Chiropractic of Bellevue for treatment even if you've already been to the hospital or your family physician. Neck braces, pain medication and other treatment administered by physicians and ER staff are not ideal for helping the soft tissues of the spine heal from an injury. Chiropractic adjustments and other treatments, like massage therapy, can help relieve your pain and restore function.
Will Insurance Pay for My Chiropractic Treatment?
If you suffer a spinal injury due to a car accident, your insurance will pay for your chiropractic treatment, provided you seek a chiropractic diagnosis as soon as possible after your accident.