Hello Dear Reader,
If you’re involved in an auto collision and you aren’t whisked away in an ambulance to the closest hospital, you should still consider being checked out by a medical professional.
Auto collisions are violent and a shock to your system. This shock leaves you temporarily unable to feel or understand how badly injured you may be. Literally, adrenaline that is produced because of the trauma blocks pain signals going to your brain. As you calm down, suddenly you feel the pain. It is not uncommon to wake up the next morning very sore.
The quicker you see a doctor, the quicker you can find out what’s really going on and how best to treat your injuries before they become permanently disabling conditions.
Many injuries will not show up for up to 48 hours after your auto collision. This is why it is so important to be treated immediately. You may not feel the pain yet, but the injury is there and potentially ready to cause you great pain and distress in the future.
Once your injuries are properly assessed and you have an initial diagnosis from the staff physician at the hospital or from your primary care doctor, if your injuries are what we’d describe as “muscle only” you should consider treating with a chiropractor who specializes in treating these injuries sustained in auto collisions.
I like chiropractors. However, I also urge you to be completely sure about the nature of your injuries. Injuries to your arms, legs, joints, or any head or neurologic injuries – these should be addressed by medical doctors such as orthopedists or neurologists. It is medically inappropriate to go to a chiropractor for these more serious types of injuries.
A chiropractor understands the intricate workings of your neck, shoulders, and knows the best therapeutic treatment to help rehabilitate those parts of your body.
If you’ve been injured in an auto collision and are now suffering with whiplash—a soft tissue injury—a back, neck or spine injury—swelling—or chronic soreness and stiffness, it is likely you will benefit from Chiropractic care.
There are many treatment options a Chiropractor may choose to treat your injuries including:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Spinal traction
- Soft tissue therapy and muscle stimulation
- Heat and ice therapy
- Stretching and rehabilitative exercises
A chiropractor will stay the course with you in your recovery and work to ensure you reach maximum medical improvement from your injuries.
An additional benefit of Chiropractic care…regular treatment can help with supporting evidence if you choose to file a personal injury claim against the at fault party’s insurance company; and chiropractic services are often covered by a personal injury claim.
Lastly, if you or someone you love is ever injured in an auto collision, please call my office immediately at 703-761-4343 or 301-949-1515. We can assist you with getting the medical care you need.
With over forty years’ experience handling personal injury claims, we are ready to help you in every way we can.
Until next time,
Please be safe, and NEVER text while driving!
Attorney Paul Samakow