Are you seeking an auto accident chiropractor in Vancouver, WA? There are so many ways for you to get treatment after a motor vehicle collision that it can be hard to determine who you should see, let alone what type of accident injury treatment you should undergo. We hope this article will help to clear a few things up about the different services out there and help you make an educated decision about seeking the right treatment for your auto accident injury.
First off, if you are suffering an emergency you should seek immediate medical attention to get yourself checked out. Barring no life-threatening injuries, you must now make a choice about the type of treatment you will need to help you get back to feeling better as soon as possible. Have you thought about seeing an auto accident chiropractor?
Why You Should See an Auto Accident Chiropractor
Due to the vast scope of auto accident injuries, one should seek out a trained auto accident doctor that can accurately diagnose all the different types of injuries, in addition to rendering an effective multi-faceted treatment approach. If you go to a massage therapist, you are only going to get a massage on your muscles. If you go to a physical therapist, you are only going to get muscle work in the form of stretching, a few exercises, and maybe some electrical muscle stimulation. If you go to a medical doctor, barring an obvious emergency situation, you are most likely only going to get some drugs with some advice on rest and should be better in a couple of weeks. And, even if you go to the majority of your local chiropractors, you will most likely only get some spinal adjustments and maybe a little massage if lucky. Not saying that any of it is necessarily bad, but rather it is often incomplete. Because auto accident injuries are so diverse, it is highly advantageous to seek out a clinic that specializes in auto accident injuries and has doctors with advanced education in dealing with auto accident injuries. Auto accident injuries usually entail much more than just some “pulled muscle”. But rather, the injuries often range from the mild “pulled muscles” to injuries such as; torn tendons and ligaments, torn spinal discs, nerve injuries, capsular joint injuries, broken bones, and even brain injuries. The aforementioned is by no mean an exhaustive list, but one gets the idea. A trained experienced auto accident chiropractor would be the doctor or clinic of choice to navigate these complexities. They will be the ones most equipped to accurately diagnose your injuries, and render a comprehensive treatment plan. And this is all in conjunction with the auto accident chiropractor making appropriate and timely referrals to specialists for injuries that may require further evaluation and treatment. You may ask why this really matters. The simple short answer is one achieving a maximum and full recovery void of chronic worsening degenerative pain. So again, seek out a clinic where you can get a diversity of treatment options such as; chiropractic adjustments, massage, physical therapeutic exercises, spinal decompression therapy, Graston therapy, and active release technique to name a few. Auto accident injuries respond much better with a comprehensive treatment approach enlisting a combination of different modalities.
Alternative to pain medications
The chiropractic philosophy is to treat the source causing the pain, not just mask the pain with various over-the-counter and pharmaceuticals. This is not to say that medication may not be necessary, but a chiropractor’s main focus is to treat the actual injury that is responsible for the pain. There are many benefits to getting actual hands-on therapeutic treatment as opposed to just drugs. One such benefit is simply a less likely chance of making the injury worse due to not feeling the pain due to drugs thereby not appreciating the severity of the injury and thinking the injuries are gone.
in doing so there may be times that an injured person may need some medications to help realign the spine and help the body heal itself without masking symptomatic pain. An experienced auto injury chiropractor will possess the skills necessary to help get to the root cause of the pain instead of just treating short-term, surface-level issues.
Help with claim management
This is a big one. Many clinics may focus on just the treatment without caring about who’s paying the bill. If you’ve ever sought treatment for an accident injury, you know that the cost can add up quickly, and without the proper doctor fighting for your best interest, you could be left holding the bag to pay the bills yourself. You need a good doctor who takes meticulous notes and can help you in the event that you’re involved in an injury case. You also don’t want to skimp on the treatment, or your pain today could become chronic for tomorrow. A reputable auto accident chiropractor with additional training in car accident trauma will have the skills necessary to help you with your auto injury claim.
How We Help Resolve an Auto Accident Injury
If you’ve had an auto accident and are feeling fine now, watch out. It is common for a person to feel little to no pain for the first few days following an auto accident. Sometimes a person could be relatively pain-free for several weeks. However, as some underlying healing takes place, the adrenaline wears off, and normal everyday activities resume, often times a person will start to feel the pain and stiffness set in. So, if you are struggling with impaired mobility in your back or neck, stiffness, and pain, muscle spasms, dizziness, fatigue, or blurred vision, you may have an auto accident-related injury. If you have no symptoms following an auto accident, it is still sound advice to get checked out by a trained auto accident injury doctor.
Accurately diagnosing the injuries is vital to a successful treatment program. We take the time to obtain a detailed history, in addition to recording the specifics of the auto accident. From here we move into a comprehensive neuromusculoskeletal physical exam in order to target specifically where the pain is emanating from. In order to arrive at a complete and accurate diagnostic list, the first visit to any legitimate auto injury rehab clinic will usually take anywhere from 1-2+ hours.
Obtaining good imaging is also of great importance in arriving at an accurate diagnosis of auto accident injuries. A good auto injury clinic will most likely have an x-ray machine for more advanced diagnostic purposes. X-ray imaging is always a good place to start to evaluate auto accident injuries and help construct an effective treatment plan. However, given the complex nature of the auto accident injuries, oftentimes an MRI may be required some time later for further evaluation of areas that may be taking longer to heal, or conservative treatment options have been exhausted and more invasive procedures may be needed. MRI is also a great tool to actually have a chance of visualizing the injuries that are oftentimes not visible with x-ray and hidden from plain sight. With that being said, there are still some injuries that will not be picked up or visualized with MRI.
Once a working diagnosis is established, our chiropractors will develop a customized treatment plan for a speedy recovery. At our auto injury clinic, we have many treatment options and combinations available to ensure you get the best treatment suited to your specific needs, not to mention qualified doctors and therapists with years of experience with auto accident injuries.
We look forward to meeting you
If you or someone you know has recently been involved in an auto accident, it is highly recommended to get checked out by a qualified auto injury clinic such as NW Injury & Rehab Center. Our staff is here and ready to provide a top-quality experience. Same-day appointments are available.