Since opening my chiropractic office I have noticed an overwhelming amount of auto accidents around Wheat Ridge and Denver. Whether the car accident happened at high speeds on I-25 or simply moving 5-20 mph on a side street in Lakewood, auto accidents put an incredible amount of stress on the body and spine creating damage to ligaments and other soft tissues. Head and neck conditions are the most common types of injuries during these accidents.
Whiplash is a general term for the action of a person’s head or neck being violently forced in one direction and then the opposite, creating a whip like motion. Most people correlate whiplash with just auto accidents but whiplash can also occur from falling, work injuries, or especially sporting activities. It is important to seek care immediately after an auto accident, fall, or sport injury because many times whiplash symptoms do not present for hours or even a few days after the incident.
3 Things To Do Immediately After a Car Accident:
- Rest and ice – It is important to reduce inflammation as early as possible after an auto accident.
- Seek immediate care if you are experiencing dizziness, loss of balance, or confusion.
- Consult a Denver chiropractor to correct any spinal issues and speed up the healing process with many additional therapies that are provided by chiropractors.
Who is responsible for payment for my chiropractic care following an auto accident?
Many chiropractic car accident patients call our office after experiencing whiplash have some common questions about payment. There are many different scenarios depending on the accident and who was at-fault. We will work with lawyers or bill a bodily injury claim if you are the victim of an accident. Many times people are injured and at-fault in an accident. In Colorado, many residents in Denver, Wheat Ridge, and Lakewood also have an option on their car insurance called Medical Payments or MedPay. This typically covers up to $5,000 for each individual in the car following an accident. MedPay covers any ambulance or emergency care, chiropractic, and other medical care needed 100% up to the allowed limit. If neither of these options are available, we also are an in-network provider with most major insurance companies and can also provide affordable care for those without insurance to get them the care they need.
Our insurance specialist can verify your benefits before starting care and make sure your care is covered.
Most common injuries seen with whiplash:
- Neck Pain
- Head Pain
- Neck Stiffness
- Headache, especially at the base of the skull
- Pain that travels down arms or back
- Jaw pain
Many different injuries can occur from auto accidents, work injuries, falls, or sporting activities and it is important to have a doctor of chiropractic perform a thorough exam to ensure the health of your body and spine. At times an X-ray will be performed to ensure the integrity of the auto injury victim’s structural system. With the thorough exam and images, chiropractors can develop an effective treatment plan for the condition present. Chiropractors are specialists who can pinpoint the underlying problem creating pain and perform comfortable and skilled procedures to correct these problems.