If you have been in an auto accident, read this first!
It only takes one careless moment to leave drivers and their passengers in pain for the rest of their lives. No matter how carefully you drive, you can always end up injured by another motorist. A visit to our auto injury clinic as soon as possible after the accident will get you on the right track for recovery. Waiting weeks or months could leave you suffering with whiplash, compressed discs, and even developing bone spurs and other permanent injury over time.
The Benefits Of Immediate Attention
The emergency responders that arrive on the scene of the accident will stabilize all parties and recommend them to seek medical attention. If the initial exam does not show signs of a concussion or internal injuries, that should not mean that you simply head home. It is best to have a full assessment done within 24 to 48 hours after an accident, even if it seemed minor. Xrays in the ER can rule out major trauma, but some injuries will not even start showing symptoms until a few hours or days have passed. A little extra attention right after an auto accident can make a major difference in how you feel in one month, or even one year down the road.
What Will An Auto Injury Clinic Assessment Include?
Since Serenity Medical Centers/UTC Health & Rehab houses multiple modalities of evaluation and treatment, we can make sure we rule out common injuries. Depending on the severity of your accident, the assessment may include:
• Basic physical exam to document bruising or catch signs of more serious internal injury
• X-rays to rule out fractures and breaks in bones throughout the body
• Measurement of blood pressure and other vital signs
• Manual testing of the spine and neck to find soreness and limited range of movement
The Importance of Adequate Medical Records
Seeing a doctor as quickly as possible after an accident also helps you provide more proof for your insurance company. If the other driver is found to be at fault, you may have your medical expenses covered by their insurance company. Waiting too long to record a case of whiplash or a slipped disc makes it much harder to prove the condition was caused by the accident.
Even if you are just a little sore from the accident, seeing a chiropractor at Serenity Medical Centers/ UTC Health & Rehab can ensure your spine does not heal incorrectly and cause pain further down the road. Massage and spinal adjustments preserve proper posture during the healing process. Checking in periodically with us is the best way to ensure you are on track for a full recovery.
If we do discover a problem, starting treatment right away can minimize your pain and reduce inflammation and swelling. Adjustments, massage, and other treatments from our auto injury clinic can help you avoid a lifetime of pain or even surgery down the road.