In the aftermath of a car accident, it can be hard to accurately assess your injuries. If you didn’t have obvious injuries, call an ambulance, or visit the Emergency Room, you may still be wondering if you’re ok. Even if you’re reading this several weeks after the accident, we advise getting a checkup with your family doctor to rule out any issues and give you peace of mind. The expense of one doctor’s visit today can save you an even greater expense of medical bills down the road.
Look for Symptoms after a Collision
Because the force of a collision can cause so many different injuries, you may be wondering what symptoms to look for. As a general rule, head, neck, and back injuries tend to be the most severe and present more complications, and symptoms often include
Numbness, stiffness, or tingling in the neck and spinal cord area
Poor sleep quality
Loss of memory or verbal slurs
Loss of muscle control
Some of these symptoms may be present immediately after the accident; some may develop in the following days or weeks. Don’t ignore your symptoms simply because it seems “too long after” the accident.
Treating Soft Tissue Injuries
If a doctor determines that your injuries are “soft tissue” (that is, not broken bones or skin lacerations, but muscle and tissue strain), then your local chiropractor will be great resource for you. Chiropractors are medical professionals who treat soft tissue injuries. Your chiropractor will ask you about your injuries, perform an exam, and likely take x-rays of your neck and spine. He or she will then work with you to create a treatment plan. Chiropractors treat, most often, using “adjustments” – therapeutic manipulation using force applied in specific directions at specific points on your body. You may experience some soreness after, but it will help regain mobility and relieve pain over time.
Not all chiropractors are created equal, so read online reviews and talk to trusted friends to find one who will best suit your needs and offer quality treatment.
What are the Benefits of Seeing a Chiropractor?
While you’re likely planning to visit a chiropractor for you accident-related injuries, many people regularly see chiropractors as part of routine health maintenance. They’re looking for treatment and healing, not merely symptom relief. You may find this especially appealing as well.
If you are the victim of a car accident, your chiropractic treatments may be covered as part of your personal injury claim. You should talk with your attorney to learn more about your options for medical treatment and the path to healing. At Taylor King Law, we offer free consultations and can refer you to a chiropractor who can help you finding healing. Contact Taylor King today to get started with a firm you can trust.