Seeing a chiropractor after a crash
Your crash may have been nothing more than a fender bender. There may not have been any noticeable damage to your car at all. Anytime you're in a crash, however, even at low impact, it's always a good idea to seek prompt medical attention.
It's common for people to feel back pain, neck pain, or headaches days after being involved in a collision. Some people may experience an odd ache in their back that wasn't there before. That's how the body often reacts when damage is done to the spine. It could be due to dislodged vertebrae, whiplash or a slipped disc.
How can a collision injure the spine?
The spine consists of vertebrae that run from the base of the skull to the tailbone. It provides support and mobility. The spine is also very sensitive and can be easily injured during a collision.
Whiplash is a common injury involving the spine. It is often caused by rear-end collisions and occurs when the head jerks forward and backward in a whip-like motion. This places a lot of strain on the muscles and tendons in the neck, resulting in pain, stiffness, tingling in the arms, headaches and loss of mobility.
In more serious cases, the impact of a crash can cause damage to the vertebrae or gel-like discs that offer cushioning to the spine. When a disc is damaged, it can result in a protrusion that puts pressure on the nerves in the spine and causes a great deal of pain, as well as other serious complications.
How can a chiropractor help me?
Before seeing a chiropractor, you should first decide if it is the right treatment for you. Since chiropractors generally deal with spinal treatment, they may not be able to help with other types of injuries. That's why it's important to first see your primary care physician to a get a full medical evaluation. Your physician can also refer you to a licensed chiropractor.
It's also important to note that if you sustained severe injuries (such as broken bones), your spine can still be out of alignment, even after months of recovery.
If you begin feeling pain in your back or neck, you can set up an initial appointment to determine what type of injury you have. During your first appointment, a chiropractor will ask about your medical history and any conditions you may have.
An initial exam may be performed to find out where you are experiencing pain and if there are any abnormalities in your spine. This will likely include X-rays and a physical examination of your spine.
Your chiropractor will also likely perform adjustments, which involve pushing the vertebrae or discs back into place. You may need to see your chiropractor frequently until you make a full recovery.
Who will pay for my chiropractic treatment?
If you're concerned about the cost of chiropractic care, medical treatment or other financial losses accrued from your crash, an experienced West Palm Beach car accident attorney can help.
Attorney David J. Glatthorn has been helping crash victims maximize their compensation for more than 25 years. He can help you pursue a legal claim against the at-fault driver's insurance company and fight to help you get compensated to the fullest extent.
To get started on your claim, contact us online and schedule your free case review.