If you or a loved one have ever been in a car accident, you know how scary and stressful it can be. No one plans on being in an auto accident and most people have no idea what to do after they are in one. There are many different treatments options after you have been in an accident, but how do you know if you are making the right choice?

Here are 7 Reasons You Should See a Chiropractor After a Car Accident

Chiropractors are experts in musculoskeletal issues

Chiropractors have dedicated their whole lives to learning and understanding the spine and the impact of injuries on the spine. In a car accident, your muscles and tendons are damaged and can lead to serious issues like: neck pain, headaches, vertigo, and back pain. Most injuries sustained in a car accident affect your muscles, joints, and spine.

Wouldn’t you want to see a provider that is an expert in those issues? The best person you can see after an auto accident is a chiropractor and here at Atlas Chiropractic our doctors have over a decade of experience in helping people recover from the injuries sustained in auto accidents.

Treatment in a chiropractic office is non-invasive and drug-free

There is always a place for medication, especially right after an accident if you are in a lot of pain, but pain medication by itself will never fix the underlying problem. In fact, overuse of medication can cause many side effects that may make your symptoms worse. The main goal of a chiropractor is to find the root cause of the problem. In the case of a car accident, the root cause of symptoms like neck pain, headaches, vertigo, or back pain is that the body is not functioning properly after the “whiplash” or damage to the soft tissue.

The body naturally protects the joints by creating a layer of fibrous tissue known as scar tissue. This does a great job at saving your life, but it can cause you to lose mobility and function over time. Because of this, your joints start to send signals to your brain that something is wrong, which is commonly explained as pain. So, the goal is to restore function of your spine and therefore the body will no longer need to send these pain signals to the brain. This is how chiropractors implement a drug-free non-invasive approach to pain relief.

Chiropractors can help you improve mobility

Improving the mobility of your spine is key in reducing your symptoms and preventing more health issues in the future. As we talked about earlier, most of the symptoms people experience after an auto accident is because of improper function. To improve mobility chiropractor will perform specific spinal adjustments to the affected area. In addition to adjustments, soft tissue techniques can be used to help the surrounding muscles relax.

Chiropractors provide individualized care for you and your body

When choosing health care that is the best for you, wouldn’t you want individualized care? There is nothing worse than when you are talking to your doctor and just feel like another faceless number. Since chiropractic offices are individually owned and operated, chiropractors can spend more time with each patient and give them the care that they need specifically for them and their complaints. After a car accident, it’s important to find a chiropractor who will specifically address your body based on the accident and injuries sustained. You don’t want a cookie-cutter approach that you might find in other offices.

Chiropractic provides fast and long-lasting results

The approach that most chiropractors take when dealing with soft tissue injuries is to break down scar tissue and increase mobility of the affected joints. This treatment works very quickly and is a long-lasting result because it deals with the root of the problem. Rather than putting a bandaid over your aches and pains, chiropractic treatment can truly resolve the problem in a short period of time and provide you with long-term relief so you can get back to living the life you love.

Chiropractors can bill your insurance for you

If you didn’t already know, you have medical coverage on your car insurance. This is called PIP or Med Pay. Everyone in Colorado has $5,000 that they can use for any provider they choose. This is why I always tell people to get care right after an auto accident! The best part is that here at Atlas Chiropractic we take care of all the billing and paperwork with your insurance. It is already stressful enough when you have a car accident, there is no need for extra stress of dealing with insurance companies and paperwork.

It is really important to make sure you get the care you need, so we will take care of the admin stuff for you. One of the big misconceptions is that if you “feel fine” after an accident, that there is nothing wrong. The truth is that symptoms can appear days, weeks, or even months later. Just like anything else, the sooner you address issues, like whiplash or concussions, the sooner your body can start to heal and you are more likely to not have major issues in the future.

Chiropractors will document and prepare for legal support

Most car accident cases are straightforward and don’t need an attorney. However, in more serious cases or when the insurance company is not cooperating, a lawyer may be needed. When seeing an expert in providing treatment for car accidents, they will be able to make sure the documentation is correct and support any legal issue that may arise during an auto accident case. The worst thing that can happen in a case is that you don’t get all the care you need and are stuck with a big bill. The documentation and relationship that your provider has with the attorney is very important. Here at Atlas Chiropractic we have great relationships with several attorneys that specialize in auto accidents. We will make sure everything is done correctly, from your initial exam and x-rays, to documenting your progress through care, so that you are not dealing with any unnecessary legal stress.

What should you do now?

Hopefully you understand how a chiropractor is the best person to see for care after an auto accident. Here at Atlas Chiropractic, we have been taking care of people and handling car accidents for over 15 years. We pride ourselves on providing the top quality chiropractic care possible. Not only will you receive expert chiropractic treatment, but also the highest quality of customer service. Our doctors will listen and treat you like you are family. We take every case seriously and give each person individualized care and treatment.

To work with us, simply fill out our webform or give us a call at: 303-442-5911. When you call the office you will speak directly with one of the doctors in the office.