What to do After a Car Accident
If you have recently been in a car accident it is important to act quickly. Even if you do not feel pain or report an injury after your accident, chances are that you do have some type of soft tissue injury which may take days or weeks to feel.
It is recommended to make an appointment for a simple consultation and exam just to make sure that you do not have any ‘hidden’ injuries. During your assessment, Dr. Green will determine what type of injuries you may have sustained, usually through a series of range of motion tests and X-rays.
X-rays can be a very important part of documenting your accident, because the doctors will quickly be able to determine if you have whiplash, ligament damage, and/or fractures in your neck and spine. These are all conditions that must be addressed immediately because they can lead to permanent disability if left untreated.
On your first visit, we will determine:
- The extent of the injury or injuries
- The number of estimated treatments required for the injuries
- If referral to another medical specialist is required
- If special tests are required (i.e. MRI, CT Scan, etc.)
- If you need to take "injury time off" from work. If time off is recommended, we will provide you with a note to give to your employer.
- Whether obtaining legal representation may be in your best interest, and if so recommend some excellent attorneys.
What are the Best Treatment Options for Recovery?
There are multiple treatment options available for whiplash, traumatic brain injuries and soft tissue damage, but the best approach to recovery often utilizes a combination of rehabilitative therapies, such as:
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- Physical Therapy
- Neurological Relief Technique
- Massage Therapy
- Spinal Decompression Therapy
- Cold Compression
- Nutritional Therapy
- Graston Technique (soft tissue work)
Why Chiropractic Care?
Injuries commonly sustained from auto accidents are usually soft tissue injuries, which are typically spine related (such as disc or ligament damage). These painful conditions often either involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction.
Doctors of chiropractic are educated with a heavy emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the musculoskeletal system (the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the spine and extremities) and the nerves that supply them. As such, they have had extensive training in human anatomy, physiology and nerve pathways.
Treatments can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on the severity of the injuries, and involve a hands-on approach to care. Typically, the doctor and therapists use their hands to manipulate the joints or massage the injured muscles in order to restore function. This also helps inflammation, which reduces pain.
The reason that so many people turn to chiropractic care is because it is an alternative form of treatment that manipulates the spine and neck to improve the condition as minimally invasive as possible.
Please call: 317-881-8119 to setup a new patient appointment. Please let the front desk team know that you have had an auto injury so they can allow more time for your visit.
The first visit may take 90 minutes due to the time required to review your case details and possible injuries.
If you have the following, please bring these items to your first visit: Health insurance card, auto insurance information (auto medical pay), claim number, auto accident report, 3rd party insurance adjustor's information, attorney information, MRI or X-rays, past hospital or doctor information related to the accident.